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Galinsky’s finest work on Horace emerges at the close of his discussion of this author when he compares Odes 4 to the Ara Pacis. Richard Thomas’ “insatiable toil occupied all areas of existence” v. Jordan rated it it was amazing Aug 27, Galinsky discusses Augustus’ choice for the location of the temple in this sacred setting, stressing the fact that his home would be framed by Victory on one side and on the other by Apollo.

This is also the very myth described by Virgil as being on the baldric of Turnus Aen. I first used this book for an undergraduate essay on whether Augustus’ famous “rem publicam ex mea potestate in senatus populique Romani arbitrium transtuli” meant what it seemed to.

Perhaps as important is his acquisition of permanent tribunal sacrosanctitas in 36, which, if it does not necessarily elevate its bearer to semi-devine status de facto, at least puts him in a position essentially beyond the law, and in that sense makes him godlike.

Although much research has been done on individual facets of Augustan culture, Karl Galinsky’s book is the first in decades to present a unified overview, o Grand political accomplishment and artistic productivity were the hallmarks of Augustus Caesar’s reign 31 B. Augustus was the true benefactor of the augutan and his name reflected his auctoritas: Galinsky recapitulates in this chapter one of his basic themes, namely that the Augustan regime inspires a new humanitas that itself fosters artistic and literary expression f.

All Latin is trans I first used this book for an undergraduate essay on whether Augustus’ famous “rem publicam ex mea potestate in senatus populique Romani arbitrium transtuli” meant what it seemed to. Mar 03, James Miller rated it it was amazing. He could have also mentioned the ancilia that were said to have dropped from heaven during the reign of Numa and in Aen.


This temple provided a divine parallel for Augustus’ world dominance cf. He wanted to rule not on illegitimate grounds, but rather with a broad base of participation. I find this to be one of Galinsky’s most interesting comparisons. Likewise, Horace adapts and Romanizes the genre of Greek lyric successfully and Virgil similarly draws on features of Greek tragedy in his revivification of Homeric epic in the Aeneid.

Galinsky goes on to treat Augustan architecture augustwn this chapter.

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Freedom was the price that had to be paid for the pax Augusta, a valuable commodity indeed, but also a high price. Particularly good here is his discussion of Aeneas’ struggle with his past f. I am referring here not only to Moore’s Artistry and Ideology, which G.

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Books by Karl Galinsky. Mich Must Read rated it really liked it Jul 25, He also discusses Horace’s universalism of certain values: The Forum Augustum “was to be a monument where personal intent and the public purpose coalesced” Great art and literature can respond to oppression, as G. Galisnky floruit was the Augustan period.

Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction

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Accordingly, religious buildings were run down, as were morality and religious sentiment in general His comparison of art and literature is especially valuable. His discussion features an especially intelligent consideration of the altar reliefs and the epigraphical testimony of the Compitum Acili Preview — Augustan Culture by Karl Galinsky. In the case of Virgil, he continues his discussion of Aeneas’ choices and his comparison with heroes of Greek epic This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

Instead, Galinsky believes that the moral decline that is readily apparent by the reign of Nero is caused by the peace and general happiness that imperial rule largely ensured I am unsure precisely what Livy means by remedia, though I am more inclined towards a negative interpretation that betrays subtle criticism of the unconstitutional office of princeps.

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Though Galinsky rightly stresses the importance of labor both to the Georgics and to Augustus’ moral vision, it is difficult for me to accept the assertion that the primary meaning of Virgil’s famous phrase labor improbus is simply “immense work” for which, cf.

James rated it it was amazing Oct 13, The representation of Caelus recalls the cuirass of the Prima Porta Augustus, while the quadriga depicted below it, Galinsky suggests, represents the apotheosis of Julius Caesar Citing a number of ancient sources that establish a connection between moral reinvigoration and imperialistic ambition, Galinsky justifies Augustus in his donning of the mantle of world dominator Although much research has been done on individual facets of Augustan culture, Karl Galinsky’s book is the first in decades to present a unified overview, one that brings together political and social history, art, literature, architecture, and religion.

These human touches give this monument its power, distinguishing its humanity from the “relentless monotony of imperialism” exemplified in the monuments of other despots. Cicero’s “opportunism” sprung from a deep sense of the connection that he himself felt he had with the state and he was opportunistic insofar as his personal vision was connected with the interests of the state, as perhaps Augustus’ famous appraisal suggests Plutarch, Cic.

One need not infer, as G. Octavian’s second Romulus was being transformed throughout the 20s into Augustus’ Numa. Propagation of the new order, then, equals propagation of emperor. Whether or not these same ancilia of Numa were depicted on the clipeus virtutis, presented to Augustus in 27 augustn.

I have suggested elsewhere MH45f. Propertius also adapts epic situations, for he transforms epic proelia into love cultjre in bed. Augustus ruled by auctoritas, which made him auctor perpetuus rather than the dictator perpetuus that his adopted father had attempted to be.

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