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Res Gestae Divi Augusti: Text, Translation, and Commentary 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0521601282
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"...Alison Cooley provides what will be the standard textbook for the RGDA in this generation... Cooley has provided students and colleagues with an edition of the RGDA that will serve as a textbook and as a work of reference. ..a book that is at the same time a pleasure to read and highly useful. That is no small accomplishment." --BMCR

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At the end of his life the emperor Augustus wrote an account of his achievements in which he reviewed his rise to power, his conquest of the world and his unparalleled generosity towards his subjects. This edition provides a text, translation and commentary suitable for students of all levels.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (May 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521601282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521601283
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a review of Alison E. Cooley's commentary on the Res Gestae of Augustus, published by the Cambridge University Press. The Res Gestae is a monumental inscription originally erected in Rome by the Emperor Augustus to recount his major achievements as a leader and statesman. The original inscription is lost, but more or less complete copies of it in Latin and in a Greek translation survive from several temples in Asia Minor. These copies are the basis of the texts presented in this edition, which includes both the Latin and Greek texts on facing pages. A very literal English translation is provided underneath both the Latin and the Greek text because (as the commentator persuasively shows) the Greek translator frequently takes liberties with the Latin in order to make the Res Gestae more comprehensible and palatable to its provincial, culturally non-Roman audience. In both languages, the Res Gestae consists of an introductory heading, 35 sections, and an appendix, each ranging in length from a sentence up to a large paragraph. The text and translation occupy just over 40 pages in this edition, and these are accompanied by a 55 page introduction, just under 180 pages of notes, a number of maps and illustrations, a thorough 20 page bibliography, and several indexes.

The Res Gestae presents Augustus's own spin on his involvement in Roman politics from the time of his entry into public life after the death of Julius Caesar to the final years of his reign. The primary focus of both the introduction and the notes is to provide the background information necessary for the reader to understand the claims Augustus makes about himself and, where possible, to test the validity of these claims. Virtually every statement Augustus makes is accorded its own detailed note.
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