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1. Of or relating to Augustus or his reign, considered as a time of great prosperity in the Roman Empire and great refinement in Latin literature.
2. Of or relating to English literature during the early 1700s, characterized by refinement of style.

Au·gus′tan n.


1. (Historical Terms) characteristic of, denoting, or relating to the Roman emperor Augustus Caesar (63 bc–14 ad), his period, or the poets, notably Virgil, Horace, and Ovid, writing during his reign
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) of, relating to, or characteristic of any literary period noted for refinement and classicism, esp the late 17th century in France (the period of the dramatists Corneille, Racine, and Molière) or the 18th century in England (the period of Swift, Pope, and Johnson, much influenced by Dryden)
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an author in an Augustan Age
4. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a student of or specialist in Augustan literature


(ɔˈgʌs tən, əˈgʌs-)

1. of or pertaining to the Roman emperor Augustus Caesar or to his age, considered the golden age of Latin literature.
2. of or pertaining to neoclassicism in English literature.
[1695–1705; < Latin]
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Adj.1.Augustan - relating to or characteristic of the times of the Roman Emperor AugustusAugustan - relating to or characteristic of the times of the Roman Emperor Augustus; "the Augustan Age"


[ɔːˈgʌstən] ADJde Augusto
the Augustan age (Latin Literat) → el siglo de Augusto (English Literat) → la época neoclásica (del siglo XVIII)


adjaugusteisch; Augustan age (Hist, Art) → augusteisches Zeitalter; (fig)Blütezeit f (einer nationalen Literatur)
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A FARMER of the Augustan age Perused in Virgil's golden page, The story of the secret won From Proteus by Cyrene's son How the dank sea-god sowed the swain Means to restore his hives again More briefly, how a slaughtered bull Breeds honey by the bellyful.
The writers of the reigns of Anne and George I called their period the Augustan Age, because they flattered themselves that with them English life and literature had reached a culminating period of civilization and elegance corresponding to that which existed at Rome under the Emperor Augustus.
The Elizabethans also, as we have seen, had had much more feeling for the terror than for the grandeur of the sublime in Nature, but the Elizabethans had had nothing of the elegant primness of the Augustans.
What went on in the office interested me as much as the quarrels of the Augustan age of English letters, and I made much more record of it in the crude and shapeless diary which I kept, partly in verse and partly in prose, but always of a distinctly lower literary kind than that I was trying otherwise to write.
Elizabethan prose, all too chaotic in the beauty and force which overflowed into it from Elizabethan poetry, and incorrect with an incorrectness which leaves it scarcely legitimate prose at all: then, in reaction against that, the correctness of Dryden, and his followers through the eighteenth century, determining the standard of a prose in the proper sense, not inferior to the prose of the Augustan age in Latin, or of the "great age in France": and, again in reaction against this, the wild mixture of poetry and prose, in our wild nineteenth century, under the influence of such writers as Dickens and Carlyle: such are the three periods into which the story of our prose literature divides itself.
Brooke reflected in time that he had not had the personal acquaintance of the Augustan poet--"I was going to say, poor Stoddart, you know.
You will perceive that I demand something which no Augustan nor Elizabethan age, which no culture, in short, can give.
The author traces the main historical developments in politics, society, and religion in the Greek world after the Classical period, covering the Hellenistic period beginning with the campaigns or the death of Alexander the Great and ending with the death of Cleopatra, and the early Imperial period, from the establishment of Augustan monarchy to the death of Hadrian.
Everyone is excited for Christmas,' said Augustan Jacob, a local Christian.
As for the Augustan forum of Conimbriga, the reconstruction initially proposed (Alarcao and Etienne, 1977) (Fig.
The Addisonian chastity of his style--very different from the orotundity and encrustedness favored by the nineteenth century at large--is one key to his success, and so too his immersion in, and innate sympathy with, the Augustan culture of moderation and cui bono common sense.
I argue that Vitruvius, as a selective reader of Lucretius, provides windows both into Augustan political thought and into Roman Epicureanism at work in the Augustan Age.