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Res Gestae Divi Augusti

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Thomas Wheeler

on 9 July 2018

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Transcript of Res Gestae Divi Augusti

Res Gestae Divi Augusti
Monumental Work
Augustus' Purpose
Given that this text was written for the purpose of being displayed on his death - what was he aiming to achieve with the production of this work?

Give three main motivations.
Limitations of the Source
As in all study of History, the nature of the sources is a vital aspect to consider when approaching them.

This is especially important in Classical studies as not only are they in translation but the time gap and scarcity of comparative sources underlines the difficulty in verifying information.

What are the core limitations of the
Res Gestae
as an historical source?
What Is and Isn't Said
What does Augustus choose to focus on in his text, and what does he omit from the text?

Why are these respectively included and excluded?
Roman Political Structure
An important aspect of this text is the range of political titles that he discusses and subverts.
L.O. - To understand and evaluate Augustus' self representation with his 'Res Gestae'.
Erected upon his death, though likely written much earlier, the Res Gestae was made prominent in the heart of Rome as well as various parts of the extended empire.

Where, if anywhere, do monuments like this exist in the modern world and if so - why?
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