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The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus

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Examines the imperial mythology that was reflected by Roman art and architecture during the rule of Augustus Caesar
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 15th 1990 by University of Michigan Press (first published 1987)
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Diana
Nov 25, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing
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I'm such a geek, I actually snapped this up as an undergrad from the graduate course list. A friend said, "you know they only order so many of those for grad students"....I apologize to the grad student who was slower than me and may have missed out.

I am addicted to Augustus art...he was such a propaganda master that we still think of Cleopatra as rather "whorish" today....it's all because of Augustus.
David
Zanker pulls together so many different Roman media and makes sense of them in the light of the monumental shift that Augustus brought to the Mediterranean world. Images, symbols, and designs that may seem random or meaningless suddenly have significance, communicating a message of peace, stability, and prosperity ushered in by the princeps. Zanker starts with the competition for self-aggrandizement in the Old Republic, shows how Octavian participated in this himself in his rivalry against Marc ...more
Alison
Perhaps I should have begun with Zanker, as he was really the introducer of the “power of images” to the field of Roman history, as opposed to art history. Quoting his preface can summarize the sort of change that his book brought to Roman studies:
Art and architecture are mirrors of a society. They reflect the state of its values, especially in times of crisis or transition. Yet it is notoriously difficult to analyze any particular work of art as an historical document in and of itself. This b
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Evelyn
Dec 21, 2014 Evelyn rated it really liked it
Augustus is the bomb and this book was very useful in examining how he created his public image. Accessible writing.
Brenda
Jan 10, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it
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Really enjoying this romp through Augustan and pre Augustan Rome through its visual culture.
Colin
Dec 08, 2013 Colin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm sad to have to return this one to the Phoenix public library system . . .
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