Synopses & Reviews
The age of Augustus, commonly dated to 30 BC--AD 14, was a pivotal period in world history. At 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 influencing their direction. Written by distinguished specialists from the U.S. and Europe, this Companion's sixteen essays explore the multi-faceted character of the period and the interconnections among social, religious, political, literary, and artistic developments.
Wide ranging in scope with clear and engagingly written chapters, each having suggestions for further reading, this book will appeal to students and scholars alike. Highly recommended.
"The sixteen essays in the volume bring together some of the most distinguished contemporary critics of the Augustan Age, and serious effort is invested so that each voice acknowledge the arguments advanced in as many of the contributions in the volume as possible."
Ordia Prima, Sophia Papaioannou, The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
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.
Captures the dynamics and richness of this era by examining important aspects of the period.
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.