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Res Gestae

Book Review: Res Gestae Divi Augusti, by Augustus, edited by P A Brunt and J M Moore
Augustus is much briefer and terser than Julius Caesar, though the notes make clear this is an elogia, a self-written obituary, whereas the previous ruler's writings were intended more as editorial or manifesto. Augustus focuses on bringing peace throughout the Roman world, and on his constitutional use of power, as well as his generosity and popular appeal (surely no link between those two). The copious notes accompanying the text allude to some things glossed over or left out, and fill in quite a bit of background.

The book is interestingly laid out, with Latin text facing the English translation on each pair of pages. I didn't make much effort with the Latin, though I could dust off my little grey cells for the odd word or phrase here and there.
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