Augustan Literature (72 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • Editors


The literature of the early eighteenth-century—especially that of Pope, Swift, Addison and Steele—which looked back to the Rome of Caesar Augustus (27 BC-14 AD) as a golden age. This was the period when Ovid, Horace, and Virgil wrote their greatest works using the ode, the satire and the epic and the eclogue. See also our entry on “Heroic Couplet” and for full consideration of the movement see our entry on “Neoclassicism”.

Editors. "Augustan Literature". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
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