The Age of Augustus / Edition 2

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This concise biography tells the extraordinary story of Augustus, Rome's first monarch. It traces the history of the Roman revolution and Rome's transformation from a republic to an empire. Werner Eck provides a vivid narrative of Augustus' rise to power. From the war against the assassins of Julius Caesar to his struggle against Antony and Cleopatra, this book describes the key aspects of Augustus' reign and the expansion of his empire.

This updated edition includes a stemma of Augustus' family, new information on the monuments of the Augustan period, a new chapter on legislation, a section on the Augustan wars against the German tribes, and additional maps and illustrations. Organized chronologically and according to specific topics, The Age of Augustus is an ideal resource for anyone approaching the subject for the first time.

About the Author:
Werner Eck is Professor of Ancient History at Cologne University

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Editorial Reviews

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‘Werner Eck is an eminent Roman historian, and this is a very good book. It provides a compact, clear, balanced survey of Augustus' career and achievements, and a just assessment of his larger place in history.’ Professor Christopher Jones, Harvard University

"It is an excellent handbook for students, and far surpasses any potential rivals." Mark Humphries, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

"His narrative (in this fine translation) is readable, rarely obscure and fluently glosses difficult terms and concepts in a way that obviates the need for a glossary. Moreover, he skillfully handles difficult constitutional matters … without confusing the beginner, points out controversial issues, and marks his divergences with current scholarly opinion." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"The book provides a narrative of Augustus' achievements and expenditures on behalf of the Roman res publica, and seems destined to replace Brunt and Moore 1967 and other commentaries on the Res Gestae as a textbook of Augustan politics. With Zanker 1988 and White 1993 it would form the backbone of a course on the age of Augsutus. Eck is of course a recognized authority. He is the pre-eminent Roman administrative historian, prosopographer, and epigraphist of our time." The Classical Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405151498
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: Blackwell Ancient Lives Series , #7
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Werner Eck is Professor of Ancient History at Cologne University. He is one of the foremost Roman imperial historians in the world, having published 13 books and over 250 articles on this period. His main field of research is the social history of the Roman empire, Roman epigraphy, and the history of the early church. He is co-editor of the Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. His publications include Die Verwaltung des römischen Reiches in der Hohen Kaiserzeit (1995, second edition 1998), Das senatus consultum de Cn. Pisone patre (with A. Caballos and F. Fernández, 1996), and Tra epigrafia, prosopografia e archeologia: Scritti scelti, rielaborati ed aggiornati (1996).

Sarolta A. Takács is Associate Professor of Classics at Rutgers University. She is the author of Isis and Sarapis in the Roman World (1995) and has edited a number of books, including a critical co-edition with Cynthia Damon of the Senatus Consultum de Cn. Pisone Patre (1999), originally published by Werner Eck.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
List of Illustrations     viii
List of Maps     x
Augustus' Career in Overview: The Res Gestae     1
Modest Origins, Powerful Relatives     6
Seizing Power and Legalizing Usurpation     9
The Triumvirate: Dictatorship Sanctioned by Law     16
The Path to Formal Legitimation as a Ruler     24
The Final Battles for Power: Actium and Alexandria     34
A New Political Order: The Principate Takes Shape     46
The Principate Develops Further     59
The Princeps and the Roman Elite     76
The Practical Implementation of Political Power: Governing the Empire     89
Shaping the Lives of Men     100
A Standing Army     114
War and Peace: Expanding the Empire     123
Rome, the Augustan City     137
The Quest for Political Continuity: The Succession     148
Augustus' Death and the Future of the Empire     159
Time Line     165
The Res Gestae of Augustus     169
The Res Gestae of Augustus   Sarolta A. Takacs     172
Select Bibliography     191
Index     198
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