'At the age of nineteen' (RG 1)

life, longevity, and the formation of an Augustan past (43-38 BCE)

Mary Harlow, Ray Laurence

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Abstract

Augustus lived into his 70s but began his public career at just nineteen years of age. This is a well-known fact, but little consideration has been given to its significance. How did his age shape the representation of his actions? How did older men react to a nineteen-year-old with an army? What were their expectations, and how did their ideas influence Octavian and the development of the imagery of the later Augustan age? The paper will examine this problem with a view to identifying how age shaped the first princeps' identity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGender, memory, and identity in the Roman world
EditorsJussi Rantala
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Chapter6
Pages157-179
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9789048540099
ISBN (Print)9789462988057
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameSocial Worlds of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number683

Keywords

  • Rome--History--Empire, 30 B.C.-476 A.D
  • life course
  • Augustus
  • youth
  • old age
  • identity
  • life stages
  • memory
  • representation

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    Harlow, M., & Laurence, R. (2019). 'At the age of nineteen' (RG 1): life, longevity, and the formation of an Augustan past (43-38 BCE). In J. Rantala (Ed.), Gender, memory, and identity in the Roman world (pp. 157-179). (Social Worlds of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages; No. 683). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.