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Actium and Augustus : the politics and emotions of civil war

Author: Robert Alan Gurval
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©1995.
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On 2 September 31 BCE, the heir of Julius Caesar defeated the forces of Antony and Cleopatra at Actium. Despite the varied judgments this battle received in antiquity, the consensus was that Actium marked the start of a new era, a turning point in Roman history and indeed in western civilization.
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Gurval, Robert Alan, 1958-
Actium and Augustus.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)647204423
Named Person: Augustus, Emperor of Rome; Augustus, Emperor of Rome; Sextus Propertius; Horace; Virgil; Sextus Propertius; Augustus, Römisches Reich Kaiser.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Alan Gurval
ISBN: 0472105906 9780472105908
OCLC Number: 32093780
Notes: Revision of the author's doctoral thesis.
Description: xiv, 337 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Robert Alan Gurval.
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On 2 September 31 BCE, the heir of Julius Caesar defeated the forces of Antony and Cleopatra at Actium. Despite the varied judgments this battle received in antiquity, the consensus was that Actium marked the start of a new era, a turning point in Roman history and indeed in western civilization.

Actium and Augustus marks a turning point as well. Robert Alan Gurval's unusual approach is to examine contemporary views of the battle and its immediate political and social consequences. He starts with a consideration of the official celebration and public commemoration of the Actian victory, and then moves on to other questions. What were the "Actian" monuments that Octavian erected on the battle site and later in Rome? What role did the Actian victory play in the formation of the Principate and its public ideology? What was the response of contemporary poetry? Throughout, this volume concentrates on contemporary views of Actium and its results, rather than on the hindsight views of decades or centuries later.

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