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Cosmos and imperium

Josèphe-Henriette Abry

in Forgotten Stars

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586462
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191724961 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586462.003.0013
Cosmos and imperium

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This chapter focuses on three digressions in Manilius, which deal with: the heroes celebrated along the Milky Way (1.761-804); temporal calculations for measuring the length of the day (3.443-82); and zodiacal world geography (4.585-743). In each case, Abry argues that the digression has a positive political thrust in that it alludes to and celebrates in verse an important monument of the age of Augustus: respectively, the Forum Augustum with its statues of illustrious Roman individuals, the Horologium Augusti, and the Map of the World set up by Agrippa. All three cases, therefore, demonstrate the parallel between the workings of heaven and the Augustan political order: or, in other words, between cosmos and imperium.

Keywords: Agrippa; Augustus; digression; Forum Augustum; Horologium Augusti; Manilius; Milky Way

Chapter.  5584 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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