Augustus and the use of Roman ideals to legitimise his rule

Larosa, Joshua (2021). Augustus and the use of Roman ideals to legitimise his rule. University of Birmingham. M.Res.

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This dissertation explores and analyses the manner in which Augustus sought to legitimise his rule within the parameters of Roman ideals. Mores governed the different social classes of Roman society, from the common people to the senatorial elite. My dissertation is structured to demonstrate the way in which Augustus utilised traditional Roman ideals and figures of the past to justify his own actions. I shall analyse how Augustus strategically employed Roman history, its prominent figures, and the values they embodied to demonstrate his own understanding of what it means to personify Roman identity. The main body of primary evidence I use stems from the Augustan Age, reflective of Roman ideals within the context of their conception during that period. I will demonstrate how crucial these ideals were for Augustus’ own understanding of the moral re-founding of Roman traditions that he proudly propagated.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Res.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Res.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World


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