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The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus


Part of Cambridge Companions to the Ancient World

Walter Eder, Erich Gruen, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Nicholas Purcell, Greg Woolf, Susan Treggiari, Richard Beacham, John Scheid, Diana Kleiner, Diane Favro, John Clarke, Alessandro Barchiesi, Jasper Griffin, Peter White, Karl Galinsky, Michael White
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  • Date Published: December 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521003933

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  • The age of Augustus, commonly dated to 30 BC – AD 14, was a pivotal period in world history. A time of tremendous change in Rome, Italy, and throughout the Mediterranean world, many developments were underway when Augustus took charge and a recurring theme is the role that he played in shaping their direction. The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus captures the dynamics and richness of this era by examining important aspects of political and social history, religion, literature, and art and architecture. The sixteen essays, written by distinguished specialists from the United States and Europe, explore the multi-faceted character of the period and the interconnections between social, religious, political, literary, and artistic developments. Introducing the reader to many of the central issues of the Age of Augustus, the essays also break new ground and will stimulate further research and discussion.

    • Provides a variety of new perspectives on a pivotal period in world history and civilization.
    • Numerous illustrations, including colour plates and maps
    • Written both as an introduction to the central issues of the age and as an interpretive guide
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    'Galinsky's editing of the volume is to be largely commended. All the essays are clear and written in an engaging style.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    'This book is thoroughly to be recommended. The articles are authoritative and scholarly, yet accessible and interesting … an excellent survey of the character of this important period of history.' Journal of Classics Teaching

    '… a useful and stimulating tool for both experts and laymen with a genuine interest in this crucial period, especially since quality and accessibility go perfectly together in this generally well-edited book.' L'Antiquité Classique

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    • Date Published: December 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521003933
    • length: 444 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 61 b/w illus. 8 colour illus. 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Political History:
    1. Augustus and the power of tradition Walter Eder
    2. Augustus and the making of the principate Erich Gruen
    Part II. Intellectual and Social Developments:
    3. Mutatas formas: the Augustan transformation of Roman knowledge Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
    4. Romans in the Roman world Nicholas Purcell
    5. Provincial perspectives Greg Woolf
    6. Women in the time of Augustus Susan Treggiari
    Part III. The Emperor's Impact:
    7. The Emperor as impresario Richard Beacham
    8. Augustus and Roman religion John Scheid
    Part IV. Art and the City:
    9. Semblance and storytelling in Augustan Rome Diana Kleiner
    10. Making Rome a world city Diane Favro
    11. Augustan domestic interiors John Clarke
    Part V. Augustan Literature:
    12. Learned eyes Alessandro Barchiesi
    13. Augustan poetry and Augustanism Jasper Griffin
    14. Poets in the new milieu Peter White
    15. Vergil's Aeneid and Ovid's Metamorphoses as world literature Karl Galinsky
    Part VI. Epilogue as Prologue:
    16. Herod and the Jewish experience of Augustan rule Michael White.

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    Walter Eder, Erich Gruen, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Nicholas Purcell, Greg Woolf, Susan Treggiari, Richard Beacham, John Scheid, Diana Kleiner, Diane Favro, John Clarke, Alessandro Barchiesi, Jasper Griffin, Peter White, Karl Galinsky, Michael White

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