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 contribution||The selective memory of the father of the fatherland: 44-43 BC in the Res Gestae|
|Title of host publication||Res Gestae Divi Augusti|
|Place of Publication||Hilversum|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2019|
|Name||Lampas. Tijdschrift voor classici|
Themanummer over de = Special issue about the: Res Gestae Divi Augusti