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Foster, Genevieve. Language English View all editions Prev Next edition 1 of 2. Author Foster, Genevieve.
Physical Description xiii, p. Subjects Bible.
Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor
T -- History of contemporary events Civilization, Greco-Roman. Rome -- History -- Augustus, 30 B. Summary Parallels comparative religious, social, and political forces which characterized and influenced the Roman Empire during the period just preceding and just following the birth of Christ. View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links Set up My libraries How do I set up "My libraries"?
Whitehorse Manningham Libraries. Over images of Augustus survive, more than of any other emperor. The first portrait busts, examples of which are on show here, date to around 40 B. The official face of Augustus was to remain forever that of a vigorous young man — as the remaining busts, made over several decades and even postmortem, demonstrate at the exhibition. Having defeated Mark Antony at the naval battle of Actium in 31 B.
While paying lip service to the old republican system, the de facto new emperor soon became preoccupied with finding a suitable successor to guarantee that the revolutionary changes he was now enacting would outlive him.
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This problematic aspect of the new regime is highlighted by other portrait busts in the opening sections of the exhibition. Perhaps mindful of the sticky end his adoptive father, Julius Caesar, endured, Augustus avoided aspiring to divinity during his lifetime.
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Nor was he represented in explicitly godlike forms in public art. But as a beautiful selection of gems and cameos, manufactured for the imperial household and the upper echelons of society bear witness, Augustus was frequently depicted in the guise of gods such as Jove and Apollo.