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at two vivid examples of such a pattern in the art of the ancient Rome: the statue of Augustus of Prima Porta and the colossal head of emperor Constantine. Even though it is rather difficult to compare this colossal head with another statue on a much smaller scale, we will examine features communicating a message of powerful and godlike ruler in the both figures. The first sculpture we will look at is Augustus from Prima Porta, a marble copy based on a bronze original dating about 20 BC. It is...

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Life of Augustus

Suetonius’ Depiction of Augustus’ Attitudes Towards Family and Religion Lives of the Caesars- Diefied Augustus, was written by Gauis Suetonius Tranquilius. It was basically a biography on the life of Augustus, which was written towards the general public in 121 AD (during the reign of Emperor Hadrian). Diefied Augustus has many references to Augustus’ connection to his family and his approach to religion. Suetonius begins by telling us that Augustus (born Gauis Octavius Thurinus) was the son...

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Augustus Project

Augustus Propaganda in the Res Gestae Divi Augusti The image that Gaius Octavius Thurinus, Gaius Julius Caesar, Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus, the same man one and all, wanted to portray in his book, the Res Gestae, was one of a patriotic, religious, lawful, chosen by both the senate and the citizens of Rome, modest, generous, independent, benevolent, successful leader, worldly recognised and travelled Roman citizen. Augustus wanted to portray himself as the ideal Roman, one to look up to, one...

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The Accomplishments by Augustus

Augustus “The Accomplishments of Augustus” In Sources of the making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, a Concise History, Vol. I: To 1740, ed. Katharine J. Lualdi, 51-55. Boston, Massachusetts: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003. 1. The foundation of Augustus’ power and success After the battle of Actium (31 B.C.), Octavian remained the sole leader from the Triumvirate to rule the largest Empire of that period. Shrewd and subtle politician, Octavian learnt from his predecessor, Julius Caesar...

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Augustus "Rise to Power" Essay (Tacitus and Augustus)

Question: Compare the following descriptions of Augustus’ rise to power, one by Augustus himself and one by Tacitus (the second-century historian), and discuss their historical validity. 1)“At the age of nineteen on my own responsibiliy and at my own expense I raised an army,...I transferred the republic from my power to the dominion of the senate and people of Rome.” -Augustus,Res Gestae Divi Augusti 2)”One view of Augustus went like this: filial duty and national crisis had been merely pretexts...

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Augustus: Person of the Year

Person of the year: Augustus How does one define person of the year? Someone who is appointed this title of great honor above every other man or woman in the world. For what it’s worth, I can sum it all up into one name, Augustus. A brave and loyal leader, educated and intelligent man, a political connoisseur, patron of the arts, and a loving husband, what else could be asked from a man of such great achievement? We will be looking into the life, rule, and accomplishments of Augustus, then finish off...

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Augustus' Achievements on Roman Society

would later be known to the Roman people as Augustus, found himself in a position of power within the Roman civilization. Throughout his reign, Augustus would become one of the most successful leaders in history and transform Rome from a republic to a thriving empire. By examining various historical documents, we are able to gain a well-rounded understanding of how the reign of Augustus was received by the Roman people and even Augustus himself. Augustus’ transfer into an ultimate position of power...

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Octavian Augustus

Octavian Augustus is known as the first, and one of the greatest, Roman Emperors ever. Octavian enabled the long, peaceful time of the Pax Romana by changing Rome from a fragile, crumbling republican government to a mighty empire. Octavian’s government was strong enough to withstand weak emperors who mismanaged the Empire as well. His changes proved to be the cornerstone of the greatest empire the world has ever seen. The Pax Romana, or Roman Peace, was a time of great prosperity for all people...

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Portrait of Augustus as General

Portrait of Augustus as General Roman portraiture was one of the most significant periods in the development of portrait art. The characteristics of Roman portraitures are more modest, realistic, idealized, and natural. Also, the body compositions, muscles and facial expressions of portraits and sculptures are more advanced. Many roman portraits are directly linked to specific individuals, such as gods and emperors. They were often used for propaganda purposes and included ideological messages...

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Deeds of the Divine Augustus

Deeds of the Divine Augustus • Trade and Currency The Roman currency is sestertius (HS). Augustus paid to the Roman plebs, HS 300 per man from his father’s will and in his own name, he gave HS 400 from the spoils of war when he was consul for the fifth time (29 BCE); furthermore, he again paid out a public gift of HS 400 per man in his tenth consulate (24 BCE) from his own patrimony; and in his twelfth year of tribunician power (12-11 BCE), he gave HS 400 per man for the third time. And...

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