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    This course provides a detailed examination of the life and administration of the Roman
    emperor Augustus (reigned 31 B.C. to A.D.
    14), a time of pivotal social and economic
    change that forever altered the trajectory of
    Roman history. Augustus and his
    administration will be examined from a variety
    of viewpoints, drawing on a rich dataset that
    includes literature, art, architecture,
    epigraphy, and ritual practice. The course will
    seek to understand how the relatively obscure
    young man who succeeded Julius Caesar
    aimed to repair and stabilize a society
    wracked by civil war and, in so doing, redirect
    the nature of the Roman state and of Roman
    citizenship. Detailed examination of programs
    of art, architecture, and urbanism will reveal the part played by material culture in crafting and
    maintaining an “Augustan program”, while close reading of poetry and prose sources produced
    with patronage from the emperor will allow a consideration of culture identity as constructed
    under Augustus. The success of the Augustan program exerted a strong influence on other
    imperial programs in antiquity, as well as influencing modern and postmodern ideas about
    leadership, authority, and the state. To that end, the course will conclude by considering the
    reception of the Augustan program in antiquity and beyond, including the co-option of Augustan
    themes in the twentieth century.