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CAVALLETTI, Giuditta. The Use of Epigraphy in Political Sphere: the Case of Res gestae divi Augusti. Nova tellus [online]. 2020, vol.38, n.1, pp.123-139.  Epub June 15, 2020. ISSN 0185-3058.

The purpose of this article is to delve into the composition of the political testament of Octavian Augustus, focusing on the epigraphic medium as an instrument of communication chosen by the emperor to publicize the actions carried out at a complex and complicated time for the history of ancient Rome such as the years of the end of the republic and the beginnings of a new government driven by the same Octavian. Throughout these pages, we will show how this document can also be considered a means of propaganda, designed to leave a portrait of the optimus civis not only for contemporaries, but also for posterity. I emphasize this aspect because not all scholars consider this inscription as a product born from the Octavian pen and speculate about the existence of someone who could have done the work on commission.

Keywords : Latin Epigraphy; Octavian Augustus; propaganda.

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