Augustan

Entertainment / Literature / Augustan: This adjective has two meanings, the second of which is most pertinent to English students. (1) Classical Latin scholarship uses Augustan to refer to the time when Caesar Augustus ruled Rome--the time of Virgil, Horace, and the birth of Christ: a period of conscious style and high literary endeavor. (2) More generally, literary scholars use Augustan to refer to any important or pivotal period of any national literature, especially eighteenth-century England and the 'Augustan' writers: Pope, Swift, Addison, Johnson, and Goldsmith.

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