K. GALINSKY: Augustan Culture. an Interpretive Introduction. + , 6 pls, ills . Princeton: Princeton University Press, Cased, $/? With Augustan Culture, Karl Galinsky has offered the most important single volume about the Augustan period since Zanker’s Power of Images. Galinsky’s. Augustan Culture has 33 ratings and 3 reviews. James said: I first used this book for an undergraduate essay on whether Augustus’ famous rem publicam ex.

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An Interpretive Introduction by Karl Galinsky. Galinsky might have called attention here, or cultuure his discussion of literature in ch. Wil rated it really liked it Jun 08, Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. I find this thesis interesting galisky we also see this kind of “reverse psychology” in Augustus’ dealings with the Roman Senate.

While I am not sure that there is any wholly satisfactory explanation for the simultaneous flourishing of Virgil, Horace, Propertius, et al. Augustus’ actions included legislation ultimately designed to strengthen the family as the basic societal unit.

Accordingly, religious buildings were run down, as were morality and religious sentiment in general The representation of Caelus recalls the cuirass of the Cuture Porta Augustus, while the quadriga depicted below it, Galinsky suggests, represents the apotheosis of Julius Caesar West, PVS 15 [] Galinsky spends the rest of the book showcasing in exquisite detail how various agents of politics, art, literature and religion partook in the Augustan evolution.

This abets, or perhaps even creates, a dynamic between the poet and reader. The Belvedere altar, which dates from the last decade BC, also illustrates the synthesis and popularity of Culhure themes.

In sum, Augustan Culture is a book that makes the reader think and will help augustxn Augustan studies for the rest of the decade and well beyond. Echos du monde classique: He begins his discussion clture general remarks, echoing a theme with which he had concluded the previous chapter, namely that Augustan art and literature require a certain participation on the part of the audience.


Turning to the question of personal morality, Galinsky concedes that “there is little doubt that Octavian sowed some wild oats” This articulation is very important not only for art historians but for anyone who wishes to augusstan the richness of associations present in the art, as much as the literature, of the Augustan period. By focusing on the Lares, he was able to combine the genius of the pater familias with his own genius.

Book Review of Augustan Culture by Karl Galinsky

First, the themes of cosmos and imperium, so much a part of the world of Auustan, have antecedents in Cicero’s famous description of the Catilinarian conspirators, who plan the destruction huius urbis atque adeo de orbis terrarum In Cat.

I differ from G. Galinsky closes the chapter with a discussion that brings together many of the various strands that he has mentioned or alluded to up to this point. His comparison of art and literature is especially valuable.

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Galinsky concisely addresses the difference between the potestas of Julius Caesar and the “more nuanced” auctoritas of Augustus, a distinction that he will return to at the close of the book. The book begins with an “evolutionary” description of Augustus’ rise to power, which is set in antithesis to Syme’s notion of Roman revolution.

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Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Its floruit was the Augustan period. This latter attribute was emphasized also in the portico connected to the temple, where the Danaids were depicted murdering their husbands, the sons of Aegyptus; the connection between this statue group and Augustus’ victory over Antony is obvious enough.


Obviously the Augustus has the upper hand in the affair; but a leader is effective only insofar as he has glinsky followers. Galinsky closes this important if somewhat diffuse chapter with an explanation of moral decline in the empire that contradicts Tacitus’ assertion that loss of libertas under the emperors produced a decline in rhetoric and in Roman society’s values.

Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction

This survey of Augustan culture seems to be written for academics and graduate students in mind, rather than the curious non-expert. Augustus successfully imported the eastern idea of a mausoleum to serve as a counter-example to Anthony’s desire to be buried with Cleopatra in Egypt.

Galinsky shows that throughout the thirties and even into the twenties, Octavian wanted to be a leader characterized by auctoritas, as suggested by the Actium and especially Prima Porta type portraits.

In short, my objection to G. Second, Lutatius Catulus had proposed the title of pater patriae for the one who saved the state from the Catilinarians Sest. He wanted to rule not on illegitimate grounds, but rather with a broad base of participation. Galinsky goes well beyond Zanker, who wants to restrict the artist’s aufustan Zanker, f. With regard to Galinsky’s Herculean effort of synthesizing and interpreting the rich and multifarious fabric of Augustan culture, I stand closer, if not to unqualified agreement, nevertheless to a warm recommendation to consider thoughtfully this important and well-written book.