Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Augustus
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A. Historical dimension

(Gaius Octavius; after his adoption, Gaius Iulius [Divi Filius] Caesar; Imperator Caesar Augustus; Greek Αὔγουστος/Aúgoustos)

A. Historical dimension

Gaius Octavius (or Octavianus in Cicero; 63 BC–AD 14) was born into a wealthy, non-patrician family. A. ("the August") was his later honorific name, granted to him by the Roman Senate in 27 BC.  It was under this name that he entered history. His father died when Octavius was four. Caesar, his great-uncle, adopted him and thereby paved the w…

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Simonis, Linda, “Augustus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_COM_004561>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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