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The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus

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"Art and architecture are mirrors of a society. They reflect the state of its values, especially in times of crisis or transition." Upon this premise Paul Zanker builds an interpretation of Augustan art as a visual language that both expressed and furthered the transformation of Roman society during the rule of Augustus Caesar. The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 21st 1990 by University of Michigan Press (first published 1987)
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Diana
Nov 10, 2012 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.
Lili Kyurkchiyska
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Най-после я завърших. Много полезна и разкрива аспекти, за които само съм предполагала.
I finished it at last. Very useful and shows aspects that I haven't realised.
Michele Stefanile
Lettura fondamentale per chi si avvicina al mondo romano e alla storia antica. Una splendida opera di un grande studioso.
Simon Eyles
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating stuff, some of the images are not great, but I compensated by googling them and reading alongside.
Aabis
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
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Had to read some parts of it for a class, interesting enough that I decided to read it all
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 Yet it is notoriously difficult to analyze any particular work of art as an historical document in and of itself.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
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Alejandra Rotondaro ferreira
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Por qué tratan así al pobre Ovidio.
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
Roman Clodia
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Zanker's book has become a classic for scholars working on the visuality of Augustan Rome and deservedly so. Here he explores the use of images to create a vocabulary for the articulation of Augustan political, moral and religious 'regeneration'.

While the use of images in a political context was not new, Zanker shows how no-one before Augustus had quite harnessed visual imagery in the same concerted and integrated way.

Much of this book is excellent but Zanker's readings of the Augustan poets is
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Gabriele Sorrentino
Un testo fondamentale per capire il periodo augusteo
EAL
Dec 21, 2014 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
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Really enjoying this romp through Augustan and pre Augustan Rome through its visual culture.
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I'm sad to have to return this one to the Phoenix public library system . . .
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