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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!, 28 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Augustus: Introduction to the Life of an Emperor (Paperback)
This is an excellent and informative book which manages to make Augustan history fun without sacrificing the complexities of the subject matter. The main text takes the form of an accessible, lively and often humorous chronological narrative, which introduces all the most important scholarly debates and source material. The book is punctuated throughout by self-contained boxes which introduce and discuss a selection of texts, images, and anecdotes about Augustus and associated characters. This arrangement makes the book very user-friendly, and also means that the time-challenged can dip in and out of the text, enjoying the latest thinking on topics such as `What did Cleopatra look like?', and `Livia's Prescription for Nervous Tension'. The wealth of useful supplemental material includes maps of the Empire and the city of Rome, Augustus' family tree (very helpful!), and black and white photographs of material sources (monuments, statues, coins, papyri and more), all of which are integrated into an absorbing discussion of Augustan politics and culture. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Book - A Pleasure to Read, 29 Aug 2012
This review is from: Augustus: Introduction to the Life of an Emperor (Paperback)
This is an excellent, up-to-date treatment of Rome's first and greatest emperor, and it is an enjoyable read. In fact, this book is so engaging that you will find it hard to put it aside, once you have read the first page. As a winner of several teaching awards, Karl Galinsky knows how to communicate with a non-specialist audience on a very high level. Abundant in detail and yet never overwhelming, this very informative book offers so much more than just a retelling of Augustus' life, amazing as it was. A great asset is the boxes, which offer a rich and lively array of contemporary sources, ranging from Augustus' birth sign to Livia's prescriptions for nervous tension, and even analogies with American global culture. Yet what makes this book really unique - and a great deal more accessible than many others - is the combination of expertise, wit, and engagement that are constantly on display. Comments like the one on Horace's bed are priceless. And so are some of the section titles. Augustus left a huge mark on world history, and this superb book makes us understand him and his times. Karl Galinsky's introduction to Augustus belongs in the hands of anyone interested in ancient Rome and in great figures of world history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, Factual, and FANTASTIC!, 28 Aug 2012
This review is from: Augustus: Introduction to the Life of an Emperor (Paperback)
In addition to Schiff's Cleopatra and Freeman's Julius Caesar, I will happily add Galinsky's Augustus to my list of recommended Ancient Rome reads. The biography is an interesting tale of a sickly small town boy thrown into a political mess who rises to the occasion, with the drama and flair of ancient life, naturally. I was impressed by the amount of primary source references, quotes, and pictures, which assisted in my visualization of this 2050 year old man. Most importantly, this biography transforms Augustus the statue to Augustus the living human being, a mark of an excellent biographer. Galinsky has created a wonderful read for Ancient Rome expert and enthusiast alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This should be the SECOND book to read on Augustus, 21 May 2014
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This is the Augustus book for those, who are already familiar with the basic facts, but would like to find out, where current research is seeing new development
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient rome, 1 Nov 2013
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This is an easy to read account of the live of Octavian later known as Augustus. It's chatty style was a bit irritating as was the comparisions with American politics. For someone seriously interested in the subject one of his more scholarly books might be preferable.
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Augustus: Introduction to the Life of an Emperor by Karl Galinsky (Paperback - 16 July 2012)
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