K. GALINSKY: Augustan Culture. an Interpretive Introduction. + , 6 pls, ills . Princeton: Princeton University Press, Cased, $/? With Augustan Culture, Karl Galinsky has offered the most important single volume about the Augustan period since Zanker’s Power of Images. Galinsky’s. Augustan Culture has 33 ratings and 3 reviews. James said: I first used this book for an undergraduate essay on whether Augustus’ famous rem publicam ex.

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Although much research has been done on individual facets of Augustan culture, Karl Galinsky’s book is the first in decades to present a unified overview, one that brings together political and social history, art, literature, architecture, and religion. Weaving analysis and narrative throughout a richly illustrated text, Galinsky provides not only an enjoyable account of the major ideas of the augkstan, but also an interpretation of the creative tensions and contradictions that made for its vitality and influence.

Galinsky draws on source material ranging from coins and inscriptions to the major works of poetry and art, and challenges the schematic concepts and dichotomies that have commonly been applied to Augustan culture. He demonstrates that this culture was neither monolithic nor the mere result of one man’s will. Instead it was a nuanced process of evolution and experimentation. Augustan culture had many contributors, as Galinsky demonstrates, and their dynamic interactions resulted in a high point of creativity and complexity that explains the transcendence of the Augustan age.

Far from being static, its sophisticated literary and artistic monuments call for the active response and involvement of the reader and viewer even today. The time is right for a work that interweaves Augustan history, literature, auggustan art, augusran Karl Galinsky is one of the very cultre 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 cultyre of the decade and well beyond.


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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Reign of Augustus Penguin Classics. Res Gestae Divi Augusti: Text, Translation, and Commentary. Review “A thought provoking study that complements and integrates the fruits of many significant studies on individual elements of this major international ancient culture. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 2 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

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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. This is a readalbe and scholarly book that synthesizes all aspects of the high tide of Roman culture. It deals galinsyk literature, art, politics,architecture, you name it. I especially liked the intro. 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. Augstan is not Galinsky’s view!

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