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Title: Augustus Senex: Old Age and the Remaking of the Principate
Authors: Harlow, Mary E.
Laurence, Ray
First Published: Oct-2017
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP) for Classical Association
Citation: Greece and Rome, 2017, 64(2), pp. 115-131
Abstract: Most works on Augustus or the Augustan age have focussed attention on the formation of the principate, its development, and the ultimate honour of being named Pater Patriae in 2 BC. After 2 BC, Augustus as a person becomes marginal in most accounts which focus on the deaths of Gaius and Lucius and the increasing centrality of Tiberius – or the succession. Yet Augustus would live as Princeps for longer than the reigns of most of the Julio Claudian emperors and their successors, including those of Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian. When closely examined, this final decade of Augustus’ life can be seen as more autocratic than the previous decades of the principate. Our paper evaluates how the ageing of Augustus affected the running of the principate, or the restored res publica, and considers more seriously the role of Augustus in the final decade of his long life. [Taken from introduction]
DOI Link: 10.1017/S0017383517000043
ISSN: 0017-3835
eISSN: 1477-4550
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Wiley, 2017. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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