Imperium and Cosmos
Augustus and the Northern Campus Martius
Publication Year: 2009
Rehak closely examines the artistic imagery on these monuments, providing numerous illustrations, tables, and charts. In an analysis firmly contextualized by a thorough discussion of the earlier models and motifs that inspired these Augustan monuments, Rehak shows how the princeps used these on such an unprecedented scale as to truly elevate himself above the common citizen.
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Every generation finds its own Augustus. On the eve of World War II, Sir Ronald Syme reinvigorated the field of Augustan studies with his groundbreaking work The Roman Revolution (1939), which contextualized the first emperor against the fascist and totalitarian regimes that were coming to dominate Europe....
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1.Brick into Marble Metaphor and Reality
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In a well-known and frequently quoted encomium on the achievements of Augustus, the imperial biographer Suetonius recorded that the first princeps had transformed Rome from a city of brick to one of marble: “Since the city...
2.Field of Dreams The Campus Martius
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The Augustan building projects in the northern Campus Martius took place against a complex background of architectural, political, and social developments in this area of Rome (Castagnoli 1948; Gros...
3.Last Things First Ustrinum and Mausoleum
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In the decade and a half between the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 and his own triple triumph of 29, Octavian undertook relatively little public building in Rome of an official nature: the final phases of the Civil Wars, punctuated by short,...
4.Visualizing the Invisible The Horologium-Solarium
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Nearly twenty years after construction of the Mausoleum had begun, a new structure was laid out in the northern Campus Martius between the Mausoleum and the Ustrinum: the Horologium-Solarium, a giant sundial that used a red granite obelisk imported from Egypt as its...
5.Gateway to History The Ara Pacis Augustae
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Shortly after the celebration of the Secular Games in 17 and the adoption of Gaius and Lucius Caesar, Augustus and Agrippa both left Rome for an extended period. Between 16 and 13, the princeps was occupied in settling affairs...
6.Imperium and Cosmos
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In 2 BCE Augustus turned sixty and embarked on his final consulship. That age was another climacteric in the ancient world (Pompey had died at sixty; Plutarch Pomp. 79.4). A number of important events took place in that...
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Index of Ancient Sources
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Publication Year: 2009