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Level 6

6AACH07A Augustus: Power & Propaganda

Credit value: 15 credits
Module convenor/tutor 2019/20: Professor Dominic Rathbone 
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour seminars (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 3,000 word essay (100%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Prerequisites: None; no knowledge of Latin or Greek is required or tested (but what you do know will help you). 

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand, there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

This course looks at the establishment by Augustus of the monarchic regime known as the Principate, and some of its political and social consequences. The primary aim is to study and to attempt to distinguish between the realities of power and the ways in which Augustus sought to influence public perception of his position through constitutional arrangements and written and visual media. In addition to the ancient historical accounts of Augustus' reign, close attention will be paid to contemporary poetry, inscriptions, coinage and art and architecture, and in particular to the Augustan building programme in Rome in the light of recent archaeological research.

Suggested Introductory Reading

This is suggested reading and purchase of these books is not mandatory. All studied in English translation:

  • J.S. Richardson, Augustan Rome 44 BC to AD 14. The Restoration of the Republic and the Establishment of the Empire (2012).
  • ed.  F. Millar & E. Segal, Caesar Augustus. Seven Aspects (1984).
  • ed. K.A. Raaflaub & M. Toher, Between Republic and Empire: Interpretations of Augustus and his Principate (1990). 
  • ed. K. Galinsky, The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus (2005).
  • K. Galinsky, Augustan Culture (1994).      
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