Augustus and the Destruction of History: The politics of the past in early imperial Rome [Hardback]

Ingo Gildenhard (Editor); Ulrich Gotter (Editor); Wolfgang Havener (Editor); Louise Hodgson (Editor)

ISBN: 9780956838162 | Published by: Cambridge Philological Society | Series: Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society Supplementary Volume | Volume: 41 | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 370p, H210 x W148 (mm) 10 b&w

Augustus and the Destruction of History


Augustus and the Destruction of History explores the intense controversies over the meaning and profile of the past that accompanied the violent transformation of the Roman Republic into the Augustan principate. The ten case studies collected here analyse how different authors and agents (individual and collective) developed specific conceptions of history and articulated them in a wide variety of textual and visual media to position themselves within the emergent (and evolving) new Augustan normal. The chapters consider both hegemonic and subaltern endeavours to reconfigure Roman memoria and pay special attention to power and polemics, chaos, crisis and contingency – not least to challenge some long-standing habits of thought about Augustus and his principate and its representation in historiographical discourse, ancient and modern. Some of the most iconic texts and monuments from ancient Rome receive fresh discussion here, including the Forum Romanum and the Forum of Augustus, Virgil’s Aeneid and the Fasti Capitolini.

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