Ancient Art Council Lecture: Dynasty and Destiny in Imperial Rome: The Augustan Experiment and Its Legacy, John Pollini, University of Southern California

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Florence Gould Theater

John Pollini, Professor of the Departments of Art History, History, and Classics, University of Southern California

This lecture explores new ideas about public representational programs of Augustus Caesar and strategies in understanding and reading Augustan imagery as a dynastic narrative glorifying the emperor and his extended family. The importance of Augustan architectural alignments of monuments is also discussed in light of the possible location of the lost tomb of Julius Caesar. Later emperors, most notably Hadrian, linked to the Augustan past by locating their own monuments on pre-existing architectural alignments.

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This lecture is free and open to the public after museum admission.

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