Contested Monarchy: Integrating the Roman Empire in the Fourth Century AD

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Johannes Wienand
Oxford University Press, 4 nov. 2014 - 480 pagina's
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Contested Monarchy reappraises the wide-ranging and lasting transformation of the Roman monarchy between the Principate and Late Antiquity. The book takes as its focus the century from Diocletian to Theodosius I (284-395), a period during which the stability of monarchical rule depended heavily on the emperor's mobility, on collegial or dynastic rule, and on the military resolution of internal political crises. At the same time, profound religious changes modified the premises of political interaction and symbolic communication between the emperor and his subjects, and administrative and military readjustments changed the institutional foundations of the Roman monarchy. This volume concentrates on the measures taken by emperors of this period to cope with the changing framework of their rule. The collection examines monarchy along three distinct yet intertwined fields: Administering the Empire, Performing the Monarchy, and Balancing Religious Change. Each field possesses its own historiography and methodology, and accordingly has usually been treated separately. This volume's multifaceted approach builds on recent scholarship and trends to examine imperial rule in a more integrated fashion. With new work from a wide range of international scholars, Contested Monarchy offers a fresh survey of the role of the Roman monarchy in a period of significant and enduring change.
 

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†Dressing and Undressing the King
3
Part One Administering the Empire
15
†Universal Monarchy and Transregional Aristocracy in the Fourth Century ad
17
†Regulating Precedence in the Fourth Century ad
42
†Law and Dynastic Change ad 364365
67
5 Emperors and Generals in the Fourth Century
100
6 Gaul and the Roman Emperors of the Fourth Century
119
7 Regional Dynasties and Imperial Court
135
†The Penal Code of Constantine the Great
265
Part Three Balancing Religious Change
289
Christian Redefinition of the Imperial Role in the Fourth Century
291
15 Constantine Rome and the Christians
309
16 Constantine and the Tyche of Constantinople
330
Creeds and Political DisIntegration in the Reign of Constantius II
353
Imperial Ideology and Policy in the Fourth Century
379
The Impact of Christianity at the End of the Fourth Century
405

Part Two Performing the Monarchy
149
Performing Power from Diocletian to Theodosius
151
9 O tandem felix civili Roma victoria CivilWar Triumphs from Honorius to Constantine and Back
169
CivilWar Amnesties and Christian Discourses in the Fourth Century ad
198
†Past and Present in Imperial Panegyric
215
The Principle of Succession and the Roman Monarchy
239
Epilogue
421
†Icons of Sovereignty in an Age of Transition
423
Bibliography
453
Locorumindex
499
General Index
519
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Dr. Johannes Wienand is Assistant Professor of Ancient History and Classics at the Heinrich-Heine-Universit?t D?sseldorf in Germany.

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