Augustan age



of or relating to Caesar, the first Roman emperor, or to the age (Augustan Age) in which he flourished, which marked the golden age of Latin literature.
of or relating to the neoclassic period, especially of 18th-century English literature.
an author in an Augustan age.
Historical Examples

But a new stage of intellectual progress began with the augustan age, as it did with our own Elizabethan era.
Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine

The augustan age was comical enough, if we may trust some of Horaces satires.
The Comic Latin Grammar Percival Leigh

This has been called the augustan age of English Literature.
With Marlborough to Malplaquet Herbert Strang and Richard Stead

It may be that we have here a pair of poets, the two most prominent of the augustan age.
Pompeii, Its Life and Art August Mau

Dryden’s death in 1700 marks the commencement of the so-called augustan age in English literature.
The New Gresham Encyclopedia Various

But there is yet plenty to remind us that Dublin had once its augustan age.
Peeps at Many Lands: Ireland Katharine Tynan

As early as the augustan age the substantive Seres appears by the side of the adjective Sericus.
Opuscula Robert Gordon Latham

Geneva was at that time enjoying what has been termed its augustan age.
Maria Edgeworth Helen Zimmern

Roman orders in the augustan age had reached their culminating development.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4 Various

The two great poets of the augustan age have transmitted the name of Asinius Pollio to the latest posterity.
A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence Cornelius Tacitus

adjective
characteristic of, denoting, or relating to the Roman emperor Augustus Caesar (63 bc–14 ad), his period, or the poets, notably Virgil, Horace, and Ovid, writing during his reign
of, relating to, or characteristic of any literary period noted for refinement and classicism, esp the late 17th century in France (the period of the dramatists Corneille, Racine, and Molière) or the 18th century in England (the period of Swift, Pope, and Johnson, much influenced by Dryden)
noun
an author in an Augustan Age
a student of or specialist in Augustan literature
adj.

1640s, from Latin Augustanus, “pertaining to Augustus (Caesar),” whose reign was connected with “the palmy period of Latin literature” [OED]; hence, “period of purity and refinement in any national literature” (1712).

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