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The God of Rome: Jupiter in Augustan Poetry

Julia Hejduk


Inspiring reverence and blasphemy, combining paternal benignity with sexual violence, transcendent universality with tribal chauvinism, Jupiter represents both the best and the worst of ancient religion. Though often assimilated to Zeus, Jupiter differs from his Greek counterpart as much as Rome differs from Greece; “the god of Rome” conveys both Jupiter’s sovereignty over Rome and his symbolic encapsulation of what Rome represents. Understanding this dizzyingly complex figure is crucial not only to the study of Roman religion, but to the whole of literary, intellectual, and religious history. ... More

Keywords: Jupiter, Augustus, Latin poetry, Virgil, Horace, Tibullus, Propertius, Ovid, Roman religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190607739
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190607739.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia Hejduk, author
Reverend Jacob Beverly Stiteler Professor of Classics, Baylor University

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