It would be a mistake to see Virgil’s poetry as purely political propaganda. It was a matter of self-respect for Augustus to allow artists to do their art. He genuinely wanted to be admired for what he did for Rome – not for what he could do to you. His victory and the peace it brought were things most Romans celebrated. He restored religious rites, brought stability, and made peace with foreign enemies. These were all good things and the poets would have thought so too. There was no direct intervention in what they wrote or censorship. To have any value, the great poets needed to be left to write their own way. At one point Virgil even considered writing an epic about Augustus himself.
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In case you were wondering: For hundreds of years some Jews underwent a surgical procedure known as epispasm—an operation that "corrected" a circumcised penis - so they could fit into Greek and Roman society, where you had to be nude in the gymnasium and baths and sporting events. The surgeon would cut around the glans freeing the sheath of skin surrounding the shaft of the penis, pull the skin forward and dress the wound carefully so that the skin would reattach to the glans leaving a foreskin. ...