Augustan Culture Reprint Edition

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"A thought provoking study that complements and integrates the fruits of many significant studies on individual elements of this major international ancient culture."--Choice

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"An important and fascinating book. The time is right for a work that interweaves Augustan history, literature, and art, and Karl Galinsky is one of the very few scholars who has enough expertise in all three areas to do this successfully ... In sum, Augustan Culture is a book that makes the reader think and will help shape Augustan studies for the rest of the decade and well beyond."--Diana E. E. Kleiner, Yale University

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (January 26, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691058903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691058900
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karl Galinsky was born in Strasbourg, Alsace in 1942. He finished high school in Germany and then moved to the U.S., where he went to Bowdoin College and got his Ph.D. in Classics at Princeton in 1966. At that time, he was liable for military service in the armies of France, Germany, and the U.S. and therefore decided to become a Roman emperor. A full professor at the University of Texas since age 30, he has received many awards for his research (incl. from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Max-Planck Society) and for his teaching (incl. appointment as University Distinguished Teaching Professor since 1999). His interests and publications (incl. 10 books) range over many aspects of Roman civilization, with a special interest in the age of Augustus, and he regularly teaches large introductory courses in Greek and Roman civilization. In addition he has led study tours in all parts of the Mediterranean for various organizations.
Home page: http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~karlg/home.html

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1999
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Not many monographs can successfully and thoroughly describe an era so complex and multi-dimensional as the Age of Augustus. Galinsky's book may be numbered among those works that will be welcomed by both a specialist classicist and a general reader. Far from simply surveying the various departments of culture during a certain period, it advances an interpretation of perhaps the most complex era in the evolution of Roman history and culture as a whole. The book treats the general reader with a jargon-free, yet accurate and informative discussion of the politics, religion, literature, moral culture and ideas, art and architecture of Augustus' times; at the same time, the classicist will also find an interpretation that proves to be strong, serious, and weightily argued. Auctoritas, the root behind Augustus name, becomes the nucleus around which all spheres of Roman politics and culture revolve. The book begins with an exemplary discussion of the notion of "aucotoritas" and then moves on to explore how "auctoritas" as well as other major lines of Augustus' policy, such as the interaction between tradition and innovation, or public and private. Each of the chapters two through six discuss the "Augustan" influence in, respectively, politics, ideals and values, religion, art and architecture, religion, and literature. Chapter seven discusses the strong presence of Hellenism in Augustus' Rome. I would highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Francese on December 18, 1999
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This is a readalbe and scholarly book that synthesizes all aspects of the high tide of Roman culture. It deals with literature, art, politics,architecture, you name it. I especially liked the intro. section on leadership styles: modern politicians could learn a bit from old Augustus. Should be of interest to anyone who likes Roman culture. But those who believe that Augustus was a totalitarian or a fascist will be disappointed. This is not Galinsky's view!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Hoover on April 22, 2007
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I took Professor Galinsky's Intro to Ancient Rome class at the University of Texas at Austin. After having him in class and seeing what a wonderful, intelligent professor he was I did a little research on him. I eventually found he wrote a book and decided to read it. I must say his knowledge and insight into transformation of Roman culture during the reign of August is superb. A great read for scholars and dabblers alike.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2001
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This book is an excellent and informative book with an objective viewpoint of the Augustan era and its significance for the Roman Empire and Western Civilization. It details how the fundamentals of the Age of Augustus provided the foundations of the empire that survived the lunatic reins of Nero and Caligula as well as the unheralded expansion that brought diverse cultures and people into the Roman flock. I had Prof.Galinsky for a Roman Culture class and he is an excellent and entertaining teacher. Read what the man has to write.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 1999
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I am not an academic but have an abiding interest in classical history. Dr. Galinsky's book is an excellent distillation of the Augustan era. He masterfully draws together different threads of Augustan culture and, without lecturing, shows their relevance to our modern age. The book should be standard reading in college courses and is very accessible to the layperson as well as the academic. I highly recommend it.
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