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The dictator’s precedent helps galisnky explain why Augustus took such pains to cultivate the image of a princeps who could take being the butt of a joke: It abounds with evidence and illustrations from the ancient sources, and it is au fait with recent scholarship.

Corbeill puts forward provocative views, and, although I remain unpersuaded by most of them.

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I nevertheless believe that they should be closely considered by all students of the late Republic. In other words, this book should not merely be consulted.

It should be read-with care. Princeton University Press, Augustus would surely have liked this book: Galinsky has been writing for thirty years now even before Aeneas, Sicily and Rome.


Indeed, his work on both Aeneid and Metamorphoses has been distinguished by concern for Augustan themes and values, whether religious. North American Classicists auguwtan particularly indebted to him for mediating a wide range of German scholarship and for enriching our understanding of public art and the traditions behind it.

At the same time Galinsky’s views on authority. Ironically for those of us who were educated in Europe.

Galinsky believes in Augustus. But while many readers will become immediately engaged with Galinsky’s reading of the Princeps and his ideology, this reviewer must postpone the temptation to discuss the emperor and his historian until culure has clearly indicated the structure and strengths of this splendid synoptic study.

In a brief preliminary survey of recent scholarly approaches Galinsky sets out the three essential aspects of the Res Publica which Augustus claimed to restore: For Galinsky auctoritas is the principal concept Chapter I: In the opening chapter Galinsky also sets up a useful distinction between two types of leader: In Galinsky’s judgment Augustus is a transforming leader, a shaper of values who “sounded the note of moral revitalization and followed through on it; it was a time for rededicating the state to values, virtues and ideals” Thus ideology precedes the narrative history of Chapter 2: Chapter 3 instantiates these “ideas, ideals and values” from the virtues of the clipeus virtutis.


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