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There Can Be Only One: Roman Conceptions of Twins in the Augustan Succession

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dc.contributor.advisor Gregg, Christopher A. Cardona Luciano, Saúl Omar
dc.creator Cardona Luciano, Saúl Omar 2015-04-20 2015-08-04T16:11:32Z 2015-08-04
dc.description This work was embargoed by the author and will not be publicly available until April 2020. en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis describes the way in which Augustus appropriated the imagery of twins for the creation of an ideology that would make dynastic succession acceptable to the traditional nobility and populace of Rome. In the presentation of his grandsons Gaius and Lucius as twins, Augustus manipulated ideas and concepts resonant with archaic Roman culture which allowed him to add the two boys to the pantheon of other twin pairs already present in the Roman psyche, including Castor and Pollux, Romulus and Remus, the Lares, and the Penates. In the process, however, Augustus was beholden to the tension which existed in the display of twins, namely the preeminence of one twin over the other. Because of this, the portraiture of Gaius is visually connected to the portraiture of Augustus, a reflection of his preeminent status as the favored heir and successor. Although the untimely deaths of both Gaius and Lucius meant neither would be emperor, Augustus reused the formula to present future twin pairs, thus perpetuating his regime. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Gemini en_US
dc.subject Dioscuri en_US
dc.subject Roman twin pairs en_US
dc.subject Romulus and Remus en_US
dc.subject Augustan succession en_US
dc.subject Gaius and Lucius Caesar en_US
dc.title There Can Be Only One: Roman Conceptions of Twins in the Augustan Succession en_US
dc.type Thesis en Master of Arts in Art History en_US Master's en Art History en George Mason University en
dc.description.embargo 2020-04-28

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