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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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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.
Although the 'Augustan Age' must be considered to end before the middle of the century, the same spirit continued dominant among many writers until near its close, so that almost the whole of the century may be called the period of pseudo-classicism.
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.
Wiseman proposes a reexamination of the "Augustan Age," including much of its literature.
Remains of another villa can be seen close by dating back to the Augustan age with terracing on different levels, a small theatre and a pool dug out of the rock.
A New Yorker by birth; educated at the prestigious Stuyvesant High School, Dartmouth, and Columbia; and having served in naval intelligence, Jeff made a dramatic turn toward the Augustan Age of eighteenth-century British literature, focusing on the English writer and polymath Dr.
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. Vitruvius strips Epicureanism down, making use of its atomism while rejecting or ignoring its political components.
The diminutive Alexander Pope (1688-1744) gained august stature as an English poet and satirist in the Augustan Age. His moral essay An Essay on Man (1733-34) was one of his best known works.
Ironically, Fielding's most cogent defense of naturalism is found in Tom Jones, "the last and consummate literary achievement of England's Augustan Age." (57) Though the novel regularly chuckles at scientific spectacle, it ultimately refuses to condemn even the least reputable branches of natural philosophy.
(1.) On this topic, see the essays assembled in Chang'an 26 B.C.E.: An Augustan Age in China, ed.