Musical Themes and Private Art in the Augustan Age

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Abstract

Some musical themes represented in terra sigillata reflect the political propaganda of the Augustan regime, as in the presence of Apollo citharoedus, of Sirens and of Hercules with the Muses. This visual repertory shares many features with the Augustan poets (especially the elegists) and with other private art of the Augustan period. Arretine ware potters often included Dionysiac, symposiastic and erotic scenes in their repertory, moving well beyond Augustus’ official program. They recall formal and cultural models of the Hellenistic era.

Musical Themes and Private Art in the Augustan Age

in Greek and Roman Musical Studies

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    Apollo overlooking the Actium battle. ‘Medinaceli reliefs’, detail. Budapest, Szepmuveszeti Museum, 4817.1.
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    Apollo overlooking the Actium battle. Drawing showing a scene of the ‘Medinaceli reliefs’ (from La Rocca et al. 2013, 321).
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    Apollo citharoedus and a Victory pouring libation on an altar. Fragment of a mold for a bowl. Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 98.867 (Augustan age).
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    Apollo citharoedus and a Victory pouring libation. Marble Relief. Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase from the J.H. Wade Fund, 1930.522 (from Simon 1981, no. 349).
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    ‘Siren’ playing tibiae. Fragment of a mold for a bowl. Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 98.831.
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    Muses. Fragment of a mold for a bowl. Arezzo, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, 8769 (from Pucci 1981, 102f., figs 4f.).
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    Satyrs treading on grapes in a wine-press. Campana Reliefs, London, British Museum, 1893,0628.6.
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    Dancing scene. Mold of a cover. Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 04.35.
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    Harpist with banqueters. Terracotta statuette. Paris, Louvre, Myr 272.
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    Scene of a symposium with lyre. Mold for a bowl. Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 04.23 (from Marabini Moevs 2006b, fig. 1).
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    Scene of a symposium with cithara and syrinx. Mold for a bowl. Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 04.22.
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    Warren Cup. London, British Museum, 1999,0426.
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    Warren Cup. London, British Museum, 1999,0426 (detail).

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