The Augustan period is named for the Roman emperor Augustus
Caesar, who ruled from 27 B.C.E. to 14
C.E. During his reign, Rome saw what many consider its greatest
literary and cultural achievements: Augustan poets include
Virgil (famous for his epic poem the
Aeneid), Ovid (famous for his mythological poem The
Metamorphoses and his erotic poetry), and Horace (famous for
Sometimes the term Augustan is applied to the late
seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries in England (and
sometimes, more controversially, even to the entire eighteenth
century) the period sometimes called Neoclassical. The most important
English writers of the period are Dryden, Swift, Pope, and
From the Guide to Literary Terms by Jack Lynch.
Please send comments to Jack Lynch.
Note: This guide is still in the early stages of development.
Three question marks mean I have to write more on the subject. Bear with me.