Definition of Augustan

1. Adjective. Relating to or characteristic of the times of the Roman Emperor Augustus. "The Augustan Age"

Partainyms: Augustus
Derivative terms: Augustus

Definition of Augustan

1. a. Of or pertaining to Augustus Cæsar or to his times.

Definition of Augustan

1. Adjective. Pertaining to the times of the Roman emperor Augustus (63 (B.C.E.) - 14 (C.E.)). ¹

2. Adjective. Pertaining to the Roman poetic literature during this time. ¹

3. Adjective. Pertaining to the period of English literature during the first half of the 18th century, known for satire and political themes. ¹

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Medical Definition of Augustan

1. 1. Of or pertaining to Augustus Caesar or to his times. 2. Of or pertaining to the town of Augsburg. Augustan age of any national literature, the period of its highest state of purity and refinement; so called because the reign of Augustus Caesar was the golden age of Roman literature. Thus the reign of Louis XIV. (b. 1638) has been called the Augustan age of French literature, and that of Queen Anne (b. 1664) the Augustan age of English literature. Augustan confession, or confession of Augsburg, drawn up at Augusta Vindelicorum, or Augsburg, by Luther and Melanchthon, in 1530, contains the principles of the Protestants, and their reasons for separating from the Roman Catholic church. Origin: L. Augustanus, fr. Augustus. See August. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Augustan

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Literary usage of Augustan

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Roman Sculpture from Augustus to Constantine by Eugénie (Sellers) Strong (1907)
"CHAPTER I THE augustan AGE Meaning of the Term augustan Art—Greek Art in Rome before ... At the same time the current view that augustan art represents a ..."

2. England and the English in the Eighteenth Century: Chapters in the Social by William Connor Sydney (1891)
"The augustan era of English literature—Its rise and wane—Evil consequences ... If the term augustan must be held to imply that those who devoted themselves ..."

3. The Beginnings of the English Romantic Movement: A Study in Eighteenth by William Lyon Phelps (1893)
"THE literary characteristics of the so-called Classical or augustan age of English literature ... The augustan view of life was almost wholly phenomenal. ..."

4. The Student's Roman Empire: A History of the Roman Empire from Its by John Bagnell Bury (1893)
"CHAPTER XI. LITERATURE OF THE augustan AGE. § 1. augustan literature. ... The augustan age itself was brilliant, but after the augustan age literature ..."

5. Teuffels̓ History of Roman Literature by Wilhelm Sigismund Teuffel (1891)
"Thus the augustan period presents a twofold aspect, in that it contains the ... 8, 688) and the other augustan poets likewise prefer to give prominence to ..."

6. Ancient Times, a History of the Early World: An Introduction to the Study of by James Henry Breasted (1916)
"THE CIVILIZATION OF THE augustan AGE In the new Mediterranean nation thus ... It was a new world in which the Romans of the augustan Age were living. ..."

7. The Quarterly Review by William Gifford, George Walter Prothero, John Gibson Lockhart, John Murray, Whitwell Elwin, John Taylor Coleridge, Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, William Macpherson, William Smith (1834)
"History of Roman Literature, from the earliest Period to the augustan Age, in 2 vols. 8vo. 2d Edition, ]824; and during the augustan Age, in 1 vol. 8vo. ..."

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