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

dc.contributor.advisorGregg, Christopher A.
dc.contributor.authorCardona Luciano, Saúl Omar
dc.creatorCardona Luciano, Saúl Omar
dc.descriptionThis work was embargoed by the author and will not be publicly available until April 2020.
dc.description.abstractThis 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.
dc.subjectRoman twin pairs
dc.subjectRomulus and Remus
dc.subjectAugustan succession
dc.subjectGaius and Lucius Caesar
dc.titleThere Can Be Only One: Roman Conceptions of Twins in the Augustan Succession
dc.typeThesis History Mason University's of Arts in Art History


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