The Translation Politics of a Political Translation: The Case of Augustus' Res Gestae
COMPLICATING THE HISTORY OF WESTERN TRANSLATION, S. McElduff and E. Sciarrino, eds., St. Jerome's Press, 2011
30 Pages Posted: 29 May 2011
Date Written: May 27, 2011
The politics behind the bilingualism of Augustus’ RG can be reviewed through the study of the philosophy of translation as the dissemination of information across cultural and language barriers. On the one hand, the monument displays two texts one written in Latin and the other in Greek, arguing for a desire, among other things, to disseminate information among two culturally and linguistically different audiences. On the other hand, the Greek text is a translation of the Latin; as such, its politics is guided by decisions that take into account the cultural horizon of Greek speakers and includes the transference of a message produced within the center of political power.
Keywords: Augustus Res Gestae, Greek translation
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