Augustus Parens Urbis.
Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Venue: Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia.

Augustus as Parens Orbis (Father of the World)

Recent treatments of the development of the Augustan regime have agreed that Augustus was recognised as parens orbis when he was hailed as pater patriae in 2 BC. In this paper I would like to argue that although a common basic ideal was involved, one 'father' honour did not follow mechanically from the other or represent an elaboration of it, that the different formulations imply differing perspectives of the people concerned, and that the patria continued to hold a special meaning for Romans and Italians into the early Empire that it did not for non-Roman inhabitants of the empire more broadly.