How did Augustus use art and architecture to reinforce his position and image at Rome How did Augustus use art and architecture to reinforce his position and image at Rome?

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Augustus is famously quoted as having said he found Rome a city of brick and left it a city of marble. Scholar Diane Favro examined that claim and discovered that Augustus did take advantage of the recently opened Carrara marble quarries in Italy to build marble temples on city hills. These would not have been easily visible, but people would have seen enormous blocks of marble moved through the streets of Rome, sometimes blocking traffic, giving the impression of huge building projects underway. Also, Augustus began paving public spaces throughout the city in marble, something formerly associated only with temples and the homes of the rich. This would have communicated to the average person that Augustus was a powerful leader bringing a higher living standard to everyone.

Augustus also established a pattern of building large temples to Jupiter in the centers of major cities around the empire. Because Jupiter was associated with what was called the imperial cult, which also worshipped...

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