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Special exhibition "August the Myth" at Rammenau Castle

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Augustus the Strong has been everything for the Saxons: Father of the state, building tycoon,
patron of the arts, "ladykiller", saloon lion, horseshoe-bending king, King of Poland. But much of this is only a myth. The subject here is not the historical August, but the transfigured, glorified, exaggerated August the Strong. What have people made of him over the past 280 years? What did and does the former Saxon elector stand for? In short: what is part of the myth of August?

Even during his lifetime, Friedrich August worked hard on his own myth. For example
he staged himself as Hercules, a strong and almost invincible heroic figure from Greek mythology. And that was not all. He imitated - like many rulers of his time, by the way - the pose of a Roman emperor and thus let himself be portrayed as a "Golden Rider", posed as a Turkish sultan and could appear at festivals and processions in the guise of various Greek gods. August appears as the sun or as the god Apollo, the protector of the arts and music. He also occasionally staged
himself as Mars, the god of war, which was referred to in the writings that were already written about
him during his lifetime and glorified him as a war hero, which, however, he was not in
reality.
The people - above all, of course, the Saxons - continued to mystify and glorify him in the centuries
after his death. Since the early 19th century he has been called August the Strong, who was allegedly suckled with lion's milk as a child. He was said to have been a lover's adventurer and womaniser and rumor has it, he has had at least 365 children, the founder of a legendary cultural treasure in Saxon Dresden and, last but not least, a folk hero.

The exhibition, which has already been shown at Mildenstein Castle and Moritzburg Castle, will now be on display in Rammenau for a year. Take a look.

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Staatliche Schlösser, Burgen und Gärten Sachsen gemeinnützige GmbH
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