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The Age of Augustus, 2nd Edition

Werner Eck

ISBN: 978-1-405-15149-8 August 2007 Wiley-Blackwell 224 Pages

Description

In this updated edition of his concise biography, Werner Eck tells the extraordinary story of Augustus, Rome's first monarch.


  • Incorporates literary, archaeological, and legal sources to provide a vivid narrative of Augustus’ brutal rise to power
  • Written by one of the world’s leading experts on the Roman empire
  • Traces the history of the Roman revolution and Rome’s transformation from a republic to an empire
  • Includes a new chapter on legislation, further information on the monuments of the Augustan period, more maps and illustrations, and a stemma of Augustus’ family
  • Thorough, straightforward, and organized chronologically, this is an ideal resource for anyone approaching the subject for the first time
Acknowledgments.

List of Illustrations.

List of Maps.

1. Augustus’ Career in Overview: The Res Gestae.

2. Modest Origins, Powerful Relatives.

3. Seizing Power and Legalizing Usurpation.

4. The Triumvirate: Dictatorship Sanctioned by Law.

5. The Path to Formal Legitimation as a Ruler.

6. The Final Battles for Power: Actium and Alexandria.

7. A New Political Order: The Principate Takes Shape.

8. The Principate Develops Further.

9. The Princeps and the Roman Elite.

10. The Practical Implementation of Political Power: Governing the Empire.

11. Shaping the Lives of Men.

12. A Standing Army.

13. War and Peace: Expanding the Empire.

14. Rome, the Augustan City.

15. The Quest for Political Continuity: The Succession.

16. Augustus’ Death and the Future of the Empire.

Time Line.

Appendix: The Res Gestae of Augustus.

The Res Gestae of Augustus by Sarolta A. Takács.

Select Bibliography.

Index

"Eck has produced a second edition of The Age of Augustus good news, especially as this is not just the same lucid book of 2003 with additional bibliography, but has a new chapter, a section on the German wars, and new illustrative material, growing by more than forty pages." (Greece & Rome, 2008)

Praise for the first edition:

“[Eck’s] 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 … Eck is of course a recognized authority. He is the pre-eminent Roman administrative historian, prosopographer, and epigraphist of our time.” (The Classical Journal)


  • Incorporates literary, archaeological, and legal sources to provide a vivid narrative of Augustus’ brutal rise to power
  • Written by one of the world’s leading experts on the Roman empire
  • Traces the history of the Roman revolution and Rome’s transformation from a republic to an empire
  • Includes a new chapter on legislation, further information on the monuments of the Augustan period, more maps and illustrations, and a stemma of Augustus’ family
  • Thorough, straightforward, and organized chronologically, this is an ideal resource for anyone approaching the subject for the first time