Augustus / edited by Jonathan Edmondson.

Edmondson, Jonathan [Browse]
  • Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2009.
  • ©2014
1 online resource (577 pages) : illustrations.


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GBS_insertPreviewButtonPopup('ISBN:9780748615940);Augustus (63 BC - AD 14), the first Roman emperor, brought peace and stability to Rome after decades of strife and uncertainty. He put in place a new institutional framework for the Roman Empire and inspired the ideology that sustained it for the next three hundred years. This book presents a selection of the most important scholarship on Augustus and the contribution he made to the development of the Roman state in the early imperial period.Chapters include: Augustus' dramatic rise to prominence following the death of Julius Caesar in 44 BC and the nature of his powers first as triumvir, then as Princeps; his policy regarding overseas wars and expansion, his administrative and military reforms of the Roman state; the role of his own family, his wife Livia, his son-in-law Agrippa and his adopted sons Gaius and Lucius Caesar and then Tiberius, in public life; his concern to reinforce Roman religion and family life; the development of an ideology that helped bolster his authority as ruler of an expanded Empire, including the importance of visual imagery, monuments and literature in the far-flung propagation of his image as leader; and the impact that his regime made on the communities of the Roman provinces.Jonathan Edmondson sets these papers into the general context of major trends in the study of Augustus in Britain, Europe and North America since the nineteenth century. Five are published here in English for the first time and many include illustrations of the most important visual evidence for the principate of Augustus. The book is equipped with a chronology, a glossary and a guide to further reading; all passages in Latin and Greek are translated into English."
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  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Note to the Reader
  • Abbreviations
  • Map of the Roman Empire, c. ad 14
  • Introduction: Approaching the Age of Augustus
  • PART I The novus status: from III vir rei publicae constituendae to princeps
  • Introduction to Part I: The novus status: from III vir rei publicae constituendae to princeps
  • 1 Imperator Caesar: A Study in Nomenclature
  • 2 Triumvirate and Principate
  • 3 The Powers of Augustus
  • 4 Augustus,War and Peace
  • 5 Livia and theWomanhood of Rome
  • PART II Res publica restituta
  • Introduction to Part II: Res publica restituta
  • 6 The Political Significance of Augustus’ Military Reforms
  • 7 The Administrative Reforms of Augustus: Pragmatism or Systematic Planning?
  • 8 Family and Inheritance in the Augustan Marriage Laws
  • 9 To Honour the Princeps and Venerate the Gods: Public Cult, Neighbourhood Cults, and Imperial Cult in Augustan Rome
  • PART III Images of Power and the Power of Images
  • Introduction to Part III: Images of Power and the Power of Images
  • 10 Monuments of the Battle of Actium: Propaganda and Response
  • 11 Meretrix regina: Augustan Cleopatras
  • 12 Cybele, Virgil and Augustus
  • 13 Livy, Augustus, and the Forum Augustum
  • PART IV The Impact of Augustus in the Roman Provinces
  • Introduction to Part IV: The Impact of Augustus in the Roman Provinces
  • 14 Colonia Augusta Emerita, Capital of Lusitania
  • 15 The Cities of the Greek World under Augustus
  • Chronology
  • Glossary
  • Guide to Further Reading
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • 1-4744-6796-2
  • 0-7486-9538-9
  • 10.1515/9781474467964
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