Augustus

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Jonathan Edmondson
Edinburgh University Press, 2009 - History - 543 pages
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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. The subjects of the selected papers 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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Contents

Approaching the Age of Augustus
1
The novus status
31
The novus status
33
A Study in Nomenclature
40
2 Triumvirate and Principate
60
3 The Powers of Augustus
90
4 Augustus War and Peace
137
5 Livia and the Womanhood of Rome
165
Images of Power and the Power of Images
303
10 Monuments of the Battle of Actium
310
11 Meretrix regina
334
12 Cybele Virgil and Augustus
381
13 Livy Augustus and the Forum Augustum
399
The Impact of Augustus in the Roman Provinces
417
The Impact of Augustus in the Roman Provinces
419
14 Colonia Augusta Emerita Capital of Lusitania
427

Res publica restituta
195
Res publica restituta
197
6 The Political Significance of Augustus Military Reforms
203
7 The Administrative Reforms of Augustus
229
8 Family and Inheritance in the Augustan Marriage Laws
250
9 To Honour the Princeps and Venerate the Gods
275
Images of Power and the Power of Images
301
15 The Cities of the Greek World under Augustus
468
Chronology
483
Glossary
494
Guide to Further Reading
503
Bibliography
509
Index
531
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Jonathan Edmondson is Professor, Department of History at the York University, Canada.

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