Augustan age

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of any national literature, the period of its highest state of purity and refinement; - so called because the reign of Augustus Cæsar was the golden age of Roman literature. Thus the reign of Louis XIV. (b. 1638) has been called the Augustan age of French literature, and that of Queen Anne (b. 1664) the Augustan age of English literature.

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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.
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.
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.
As mention of the English Augustan age intimates, "classical" does not necessarily mean great, but may sometimes be used as a slur to dismiss a disciplined, perhaps enervatingly methodical, commitment to rational statement and precise versification as standards of excellence.
To reread Robert Frost's banal poem written for Kennedy's inauguration ("A golden age of poetry and power of which this noonday's the beginning hour'') is to wince at its clunky attempt to conjure an Augustan age from the melding of politics and celebrity that the Kennedys used to pioneer the presidency-as-entertainment.
To Former Students, Who Would Be Skeptical," composed in the heroic couplets and public style of the Augustan Age, captures this awkwardness nicely:
20) A panel from Sorrento, also displaying Apollo between Leto and Artemis forms the basis of the important study of Apollo statues during the Augustan age by Roccos 1989:571-588.
Contributors identified only by name explore such topics as classical Greece, autobiography and political struggles in the Hellenistic age, autobiographies and memoirs in the age of the Roman civil wars, the Augustan age, the early empire, and the second and third centuries.
A study guide to the work of Livy, viewed as one of the greatest historians of the Augustan age, his work provides much in the way to understand the people of the time.
38) In the Augustan age the foreign goddess was transformed by Vergil into a tutelary Trojan/Julian goddess, granter of victory to Aeneas, (39) thus implicitly transforming her into a deity with Julian connections and with the origins of Rome.
The stairway connects the new container building to the neoclassical churches in front of it and includes two elements that recall the area's past: a fountain, reminiscent of the Port of Ripetta, which existed in this area, and a column located at the same distance from the Ara Pacis as that which, in the Augustan age, separated the altar from the obelisk of the great meridian.
The effect of these changes was that at any given time during the Romantic period far more readers would have been reading out-of-copyright classics from the Augustan age than the more politically and culturally relevant, yet prohibitively priced, poems and novels by living authors.