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The Dancing Lares and the Serpent in the GardenReligion at the Roman Street Corner$
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Harriet I. Flower

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691175003

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691175003.001.0001

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Augustus and Lares Augusti

Augustus and Lares Augusti

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(p.255) IV Augustus and Lares Augusti
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The Dancing Lares and the Serpent in the Garden
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Harriet I. Flower

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691175003.003.0004

This chapter explores the nature of Augustus' religious reform, its implementation by the princeps, and its impact in the city. It uses a combination of approaches to elucidate the variety of ancient source material and the intersections between the different pieces of surviving evidence. A consideration of Octavian/Augustus' role and image in the city before 8/7 BC serves to introduce a more detailed analysis of the moment of religious reform itself, as far as we can understand it from our slim evidence. The chapter also looks at lares augusti in their own right and in the context of their cult at the crossroads shrines, and argues that no cult of Augustus' genius was to be found at the crossroads in Rome or in the home during his lifetime.

Keywords:   lares, Augustus, religious reform, Rome

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