Imperium and Cosmos (häftad)
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
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illustrated ed
University of Wisconsin Press
Aylward, William (gen. ed.)/Cahill, Nicholas D. (gen. ed.)/Rosenmeyer, Patricia A. (gen. ed.)/Aylward, William (gen. ed.)/Cahill, Nicholas D. (gen. ed.)/Rosenmeyer, Patricia A. (gen. ed.)/Aylward, William (gen. ed.)/Cahill, Nicholas D. (gen. ed.)/Rosenmeyer, Patricia A. (gen. ed.)
40 b/w photos, 11 illustrations, 1 map
247 x 196 x 12 mm
589 g
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Imperium and Cosmos (häftad)

Imperium and Cosmos

Augustus and the Northern Campus Martius

Häftad Engelska, 2009-03-15


Caesar Augustus promoted a modest image of himself as the first among equals (princeps), a characterization that was as recognized with the ancient Romans as it is with many scholars today. Paul Rehak argues against this impression of humility and suggests that Augustus sought immortality - an eternal glory gained through deliberate planning for his niche in history while flexing his existing power. ""Imperium and Cosmos"" focuses on Augustus' Mausoleum and Ustrinum (site of his cremation), the Horologium-Solarium (a colossal sundial), and the Ara Pacis (Altar to Augustan Peace), all of which transformed the northern Campus Martius into a tribute to his life and a vast memorial for his deification after death. 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.
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An important volume that helps us perceive the relationship between political power and architecture in the Augustan building programme. - Peter J. Holliday, The Classical Review

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Paul Rehak (1954-2004) was associate professor of classics at the University of Kansas and author of such studies as The Role of the Ruler in the Prehistoric Aegean. John G. Younger is professor of classics and director of women, gender, and sexuality studies at the University of Kansas and is author of Sex in the Ancient World from A to Z and Music in the Aegean Bronze Age.