Written by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, one of the world's foremost scholars on Roman social and cultural history, this well-established introduction to Rome in the Age of Augustus provides a fascinating insight into the social and physical contexts of Augustan politics and poetry, exploring in detail the impact of the new regime of government on society. Taking an interpretative approach, the ideas and environment manipulated by Augustus are explored, along with reactions to that manipulation. Emphasising the role and impact of art and architecture of the time, and on Roman attitudes and values, Augustan Rome explains how the victory of Octavian at Actium transformed Rome and Roman life.This thought-provoking yet concise volume sets political changes in the context of their impact on Roman values, on the imaginative world of poetry, on the visual world of art, and on the fabric of the city of Rome.
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill is Master of Sidney Sussex College, and Professor of Roman Studies, University of Cambridge, UK. Previously Director of the British School at Rome, he has held visiting fellowships at Princeton University and the Getty Museum, and is a frequent contributor on radio and television. He has been awarded an OBE for services to Anglo-Italian cultural relations, elected a Fellow of the British Academy. His publications include Rome's Cultural Revolution (2008); Herculaneum: Past and Future (2011); Domestic Space in the Roman World: Pompeii and Beyond (1997) and Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum (1995).