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Sacred FoundersWomen, Men, and Gods in the Discourse of Imperial Founding, Rome through Early Byzantium$
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Diliana N. Angelova

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284012

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284012.001.0001

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The Founder’s Tomb and Posthumous Honors

The Founder’s Tomb and Posthumous Honors

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Sacred Founders

Diliana N. Angelova

University of California Press

The chapter proposes that the mausoleum of Augustus and the Res Gestae (Deeds of Augustus), written by Augustus and displayed on the Mausoleum, are the alpha and omega of his public image as the founder of Rome. The mausoleum signaled that, early on, Augustus’s aspirations were to be perceived as Rome’s new founder, while the Res Gestae should be read as a rationale for deification thanks to merit. The chapter also advances the idea that along with merit, Augustus equally promoted the idea of a line of sacred founders, one in which the women of his family, especially Livia, his wife, occupied a place of high honors.

Keywords:   mausoleum of Augustus, Res Gestae, deification, Livia, Julius Caesar

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