Het selectieve geheugen van de vader des vaderlands: 44-43 v.Chr. in de Res Gestae

Translated title of the contribution: The selective memory of the father of the fatherland: 44-43 BC in the Res Gestae

J.J. Flinterman

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Abstract

The present article compares Augustus’ portrayal of the beginning of his political career, in Res Gestae 1-2, with what is otherwise known of the events mentioned or suppressed by the princeps in these chapters. He rewrote the story of his remarkable political acrobatics in 44-43 BCE so as to fit in with the ideology of the principate: a leadership embedded in constitutional legality and based on a consensus rooted in recognition of his extraordinary merits as alleged saviour of the res publica. In turning history into ideology, he profited in no small measure from the support he had received from Cicero during the earliest stage of his career.
Translated title of the contributionThe selective memory of the father of the fatherland: 44-43 BC in the Res Gestae
Original languageDutch
Title of host publicationRes Gestae Divi Augusti
Place of PublicationHilversum
PublisherUitgeverij Verloren
Pages349-360
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9789087048068
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

Publication series

NameLampas. Tijdschrift voor classici
PublisherUitgeverij Verloren
Number3
Volume52
ISSN (Print)0165-8204

Bibliographical note

Themanummer over de = Special issue about the: Res Gestae Divi Augusti

Keywords

  • Roman history

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