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Author

Brad Johnson

Date of Award

8-2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Classics

Supervisor

Claude Eilers

Language

English

Abstract

The Augustan Forum contained the statues offamous leaders from Rome's past. Beneath each statue an inscription was appended. Many of these inscriptions, known also as elogia, have survived. They record the name, magistracies held, and a brief account of the achievements of the individual. The reasons why these inscriptions were included in the Forum is the focus of this thesis. This thesis argues, through a detailed analysis of the elogia, that Augustus employed the inscriptions to propagate an image of himself as the most distinguished, and successful, leader in the history of Rome.

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