Augustan



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

It is they who have razed Augustan temples, destroyed holy relics, and slain Augustan priests—they, and not the Saxons.
Nicanor – Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor

In his later works, Pope took Augustan satire about as far as it could go.
The Methodist Evan Lloyd

In diction worthy of the Augustan age, he presents us with no images that are not familiar to his countrymen.
The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb Charles Lamb

Churchill and Robert Lloyd are explicit in their wish to break from Augustan style.
The Methodist Evan Lloyd

The Augustan and Elizabethan ages cannot be conjured back at will.
Expositor’s Bible: The Song of Solomon Walter Adeney

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

We are guided back to admiration of the measure and moderation and shapeliness of the Augustan age.
Hearts of Controversy Alice Meynell

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

Yet it is hard to see what is wanting to the poem to distinguish it from the literature of polite society in the Augustan ages.
Medieval English Literature William Paton Ker

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

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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