The Roman Republic drew on Greece and the etrusican civilization
in order to create it's own culture . As have all cultures drawn from ones
before them .
Augustus , in his rise to power, used the Greeks as a way of enforcing
the values which had slipped during the hundred years of conflict. The
early Romans had imitated the Greeks and by doing so again , Augustus was
able to forge yet another bond to the past of Rome
The interplay between old and new defines the Augustian Age due
to the fluid nature of so much of the politics and government. While appearing
stable , it was this fluidity which led to the survival of this system
for so long
Augustus and his country was very different in many ways, espically
in changing systems of thought, such as the juxapostion of republic and
emperor or the bloody conflicts and the claims of peace
Augustus used elements of greek culture to renforce his own programs
and goals. Why ?