The Urban Image of Augustan Rome examines the idea and experience of the ancient city at a critical moment, when Rome became an Imperial capital. Lacking dignity, unity, and a clear image during the Republic, the urban image of Rome became focused under the control of Augustus, who transformed the city physically and conceptually. This book explores for the first time the motives for urban intervention, methods for implementation and the socio-political context of the Augustan period, as well as broader design issues such as formal urban strategies and definitions of urban imagery.
Author: Karl Galinsky
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date: 2005-10-10
The age of Augustus, commonly dated to 30 BC--AD 14, was a pivotal period in world history. A time of tremendous change in Rome, Italy, and throughout the Mediterranean world, many developments were underway when Augustus took charge and a recurring theme is the role that he played in shaping their direction. The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus captures the dynamics and richness of this era by examining important aspects of political and social history, religion, literature, and art and architecture.
Author: Horst Beinlich
Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag
Release Date: 2002
In den Akten sind 13 der gehaltenen Vortrage vereinigt. Entsprechend der zentralen Bedeutung des Tempels in der pharaonischen Gesellschaft ist die Thematik der Artikel weit gefachert und umfasst Arbeiten zur politischen Funktion und Verwaltung des Tempels, zu den dort durchgefuhrten Kultritualen, zur Ikonographie der dargestellten Herrscher und Gotter und ihren Reden und Handlungen. Zur Thematik gehoren weiter rezente Ausgrabungen und Bauaufnahmen der Tempel. Die im Mittelpunkt stehenden Bauwerke bzw. Schrifttrager stammen aus den verschiedensten Epochen der agyptischen Geschichte beginnend mit der Fruhzeit (der agyptische Tempel als politisches Zentrum), dem Alten Reich (Reden der Gotter im Tempel des Djoser in Heliopolis) und dem Mittleren Reich (Ausgrabungen auf dem ThotHill in Theben). Auf Grund der reichhaltigen Materiallage konzentriert sich eine grossere Zahl von Artikeln auf Bauten des Neuen Reichs in Karnak (Obeliskenkult; der Tempel zu Beginn der 18. Dynastie), in Agypten (das tagliche Ritual im Abydos-Tempel; der Speos von Gebel es-Silsile) sowie in Nubien (Darstellungen des Amun; die Tempel von Millionen an Jahren). Die Tempel der griechisch-romischen Zeit schliesslich bilden den Ausgangspunkt fur eine letzte Gruppe von Artikeln (die Gabe des Halskragens; die Darstellungen der Kronen im Tempelrelief), zu denen auch ein Beitrag uber ein auf Papyrus uberliefertes Buch vom Tempel zu rechnen ist, der authentische Einblicke in die Organisation des Tempelbetriebs in dieser Zeit gewahrt.
Author: Paul Rehak
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
Release Date: 2009-05-20
Caesar Augustus promoted a modest image of himself as the first among equals (princeps), a characterization that was as popular with the ancient Romans as it is with many scholars today. Paul Rehak argues against this impression of humility and suggests that, like the monarchs of the Hellenistic age, 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’s 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 major achievements in 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.
Author: Brian Campbell
Publisher: UNC Press Books
Release Date: 2012-08-15
Figuring in myth, religion, law, the military, commerce, and transportation, rivers were at the heart of Rome's increasing exploitation of the environment of the Mediterranean world. In Rivers and the Power of Ancient Rome, Brian Campbell explores the role and influence of rivers and their surrounding landscape on the society and culture of the Roman Empire. Examining artistic representations of rivers, related architecture, and the work of ancient geographers and topographers, as well as writers who describe rivers, Campbell reveals how Romans defined the geographical areas they conquered and how geography and natural surroundings related to their society and activities. In addition, he illuminates the prominence and value of rivers in the control and expansion of the Roman Empire--through the legal regulation of riverine activities, the exploitation of rivers in military tactics, and the use of rivers as routes of communication and movement. Campbell shows how a technological understanding of--and even mastery over--the forces of the river helped Rome rise to its central place in the ancient world.
Author: Tony Perrottet
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2009-05-06
The ancient Romans were responsible for many remarkable achievements—Roman numerals, straight roads—but one of their lesser-known contributions was the creation of the tourist industry. The first people in history to enjoy safe and easy travel, Romans embarked on the original Grand Tour, journeying from the lost city of Troy to the Acropolis, from the Colossus at Rhodes to Egypt, for the obligatory Nile cruise to the very edge of the empire. And, as Tony Perrottet discovers, the popularity of this route has only increased with time. Intrigued by the possibility of re-creating the tour, Perrottet, accompanied by his pregnant girlfriend, sets off to discover life as an ancient Roman. The result is this lively blend of fascinating historical anecdotes and hilarious personal encounters, interspersed with irreverent and often eerily prescient quotes from the ancients—a vivid portrait of the Roman Empire in all its complexity and wonder. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Carolyn Higbie
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Release Date: 2003
Carolyn Higbie uses an inscription of the first century BC from Lindos to study the ancient Greeks and their past. The inscription contains two inventories. The first catalogues some forty objects given to Athena Lindia by figures from the mythological past (including Heracles, Helen, andMenelaus) and the historical past (including Alexander the Great and Hellenistic figures). The second catalogues three epiphanies of Athena Lindia to the townspeople when they were in need of her assistance. By drawing on anthropological approaches as well as archaeological and literary evidence,this book explores what was important to the Greeks about their past, how they reconstructed it, and how they made use of it in their present.
Author: Richard Hingley
Release Date: 2005-02-08
Richard Hingley here asks the questions: What is Romanization? Was Rome the first global culture? Romanization has been represented as a simple progression from barbarism to civilization. Roman forms in architecture, coinage, language and literature came to dominate the world from Britain to Syria. Hingley argues for a more complex and nuanced view in which Roman models provided the means for provincial elites to articulate their own concerns. Inhabitants of the Roman provinces were able to develop identities they never knew they had until Rome gave them the language to express them. Hingley draws together the threads of diverse and separate study, in one sophisticated theoretical framework that spans the whole Roman Empire. Students of Rome and those with an interest in classical cultural studies will find this an invaluable mine of information.
Author: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publisher: A&C Black
Release Date: 2013-11-20
"Universal History" is a type of history that attempts to explain the world beyond the immediate surroundings of the author. It reflects a desire to synthesise the mass of written and oral knowledge about the past and to introduce a systematic interpretation. The purpose of this collection is to re-examine the notion of Universal Historiography with a focus on its appearance in the Greek and Roman world and on the legacy that ancient authors offered to later generations. Fifteen new essays by a diverse set of international scholars tackle questions of definition, and illustrate the diversity of its forms, structures, themes and analyses. The collection explores the historical and intellectual contexts which gave rise to universalist thought, and its reputation and reception in antiquity and beyond. This book will appeal to those interested in Graeco-Roman historiography, and those with an interest in the Arabic, Early Christian and modern reception of ancient historiography.