Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Rome in the Age of Augustus

According to Suetonius, the emperor Augustus "found Rome built of brick, and left it in marble". Is this an accurate reflection of Augustus' reign?

Suetonius’ quote describing Augustus’ transformation of Rome from brick to marble (Suetonius Life of Augustus 28.3), while in many examples reflecting real historical occurrences as described below, is more soundly to be taken as a general claim that the emperor revamped and aggrandised the imperial city into a state much more impressive at the end of his reign than it was at the start.

By Kevin Stoba

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