By Kathleen S. Lamp

In A urban of Marble, Kathleen Lamp argues that classical rhetorical idea formed the Augustan cultural campaigns and that during flip the Augustan cultural campaigns functioned rhetorically to aid Augustus achieve and preserve energy and to steer civic identification and participation within the Roman Principate (27 b. c. e.—14 c. e.).

Lamp starts off by way of learning rhetorical treatises, these texts so much generic to students of rhetoric, and strikes directly to these most manifestly utilizing rhetorical thoughts in visible shape. She then arrives at these items least recognizable as rhetorical artifacts, yet possibly most important to the day-by-day lives of the Roman people—coins, altars, wall portray. This development additionally captures the improvement of the Augustan political delusion that Augustus used to be destined to rule and lead Rome to greatness as a descendant of the hero Aeneas.

A urban of Marble examines the institution of this fantasy in country rhetoric, lines its flow, and eventually samples its renowned receptions and variations. In doing so, Lamp inserts a long-excluded even though major audience—the universal humans of Rome—into modern understandings of rhetorical historical past and considers Augustan tradition as major in shaping civic id, encouraging civic participation, and selling social advancement.

Lamp methods the connection among classical rhetoric and Augustan tradition via a transdisciplinary method drawn from archaeology, paintings and architectural historical past, numismatics, classics, and rhetorical reviews. by way of doing so, she grounds Dionysius of Halicarnassus’s claims that the Principate represented a renaissance of rhetoric rooted in tradition and a go back to an Isocratean philosophical version of rhetoric, hence providing a counterstatement to the “decline narrative” that rhetorical perform withered within the early Roman Empire. therefore Lamp’s paintings presents a step towards filling the disciplinary hole among Cicero and the second one Sophistic.

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