A City Of Marble: The Rhetoric of Augustan Rome, by Kathleen S. Lamp

A City Of Marble: The Rhetoric of Augustan Rome, by Kathleen S. Lamp

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Argues that classical rhetorical theory shaped the Augustan cultural campaigns and that in turn the Augustan cultural campaigns functioned rhetorically to help Augustus gain and maintain power and to influence civic identity and participation in the Roman Principate (27 b. c. e.--14 c. e.).

Captures the development of the Augustan political myth that Augustus was destined to rule and lead Rome to greatness as a descendant of the hero Aeneas.

The author inserts a long-excluded though significant audience - the common people of Rome - into contemporary understandings of rhetorical history and considers Augustan culture as significant in shaping civic identity, encouraging civic participation, and promoting social advancement.

The author draws from archaeology, art and architectural history, numismatics, classics, and rhetorical studies.