Imperium and Cosmos: Augustus and the Northern Campus Martius by Paul Rehak

Imperium and Cosmos: Augustus and the Northern Campus Martius

byPaul RehakEditorJohn G. Younger

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Caesar Augustus promoted a modest image of himself as the first among equals (princeps), a characterization that was as recognized 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.   

About The Author

Paul Rehak (1954–2004) was associate professor of classics at the University of Kansas and author of such studies as The Role of the Ruler in the Prehistoric Aegean. John G. Younger is professor of classics and director of women, gender, and sexuality studies at the University of Kansas and is author of Sex in the Ancient World from A ...

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Title:Imperium and Cosmos: Augustus and the Northern Campus MartiusFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.8 inPublished:April 8, 2009Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0299220141

ISBN - 13:9780299220143

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Chronology
Genealogical Charts

1 Brick into Marble: Metaphor and Reality
2 Field of Dreams: The Campus Martius
3 Last Things First: Ustrinum and Mausoleum
4 Visualizing the Invisible: The Horologium-Solariurn
5 Gateway to History: The Ara Pacis Augustae
6 Imperium and Cosmos

Works Cited
Index of Ancient Sources
General Index

Editorial Reviews

“Rehak’s book, like the monuments themselves, richly asks for reflection, dialogue, and response. It will remain essential for the scholarly discussion of these unique witnesses to the Augustan era for a long time.”—Karl Galinsky, American Journal of Archaeology