9. Study Questions Copy

They sought to portray themselves as both spiritual heirs to Augustus and to promote themselves as protectors of the values of the Roman state. 

The values were veneration for fathers and for sons (mos maiorum: ancestral customs) and the notion of duty (pietas). 

The image linked Augustus back to Aeneas via noble Romans who were worthy of emulation. 

As we have seen, Roman aristocratic funerals (as we learn from Polybius) were concerned with reminding those present of the achievements of the ancestors and exhorting the current generation to emulate those achievements. 


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