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From the Tetrarchs to the Theodosians: Later Roman History and Culture, 284-450 CE
     

From the Tetrarchs to the Theodosians: Later Roman History and Culture, 284-450 CE

by Scott McGill, Cristiana Sogno, Edward Watts
 

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ISBN-10: 0521898218

ISBN-13: 9780521898218

Pub. Date: 04/30/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

An integrated collection of essays examining the politics, social networks, law, historiography, and literature of the later Roman world. The volume treats three central themes: the first section looks at political and social developments across the period and argues that, in spite of the stress placed upon traditional social structures, many elements of Roman

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An integrated collection of essays examining the politics, social networks, law, historiography, and literature of the later Roman world. The volume treats three central themes: the first section looks at political and social developments across the period and argues that, in spite of the stress placed upon traditional social structures, many elements of Roman life remained only slightly changed. The second section focuses upon biographical texts and shows how late-antique authors adapted traditional modes of discourse to new conditions. The final section explores the first years of the reign of Theodosius I and shows how he built upon historical foundations while unfurling new methods for utilising, presenting, and commemorating imperial power. These papers analyse specific events and local developments to highlight examples of both change and continuity in the Roman world from 284-450.

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ISBN-13:
9780521898218
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2010
Series:
Yale Classical Studies Series , #34
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Scott McGill Cristiana Sogno Edward Watts 1

Part I Politics, Law, and Society

1 The unity of the Roman Empire David Potter 13

2 Roman patronage Peter Garnsey 33

3 Roman matchmaking Cristiana Sogno 55

4 Constantine the lawgiver Jill Harries 73

5 Constantine answers the veterans Serena Connolly 93

Part II Biography and Panegyrics

6 Three generations of Christian philosophical biography Edward Watts 117

7 The education of Paulinus of Pella: learning in the late empire Josiah Osgood 135

8 Another man's miracles: recasting Aelius Donatus in Phocas's Life of Virgil Scott McGill 153

9 Gregory of Nazianzus's Life of Julian revisited (Or. 4 and 5): the art of governance by invective Susanna Elm 171

Part III Faces of Theodosius I

10 Liar in winter: Themistius and Theodosius Peter Heather 185

11 Moments of truth: Gregory of Nazianzus and Theodosius I Neil McLynn 215

12 Reinventing Constantinople: Theodosius I's imprint on the imperial city Brian Croke 241

13 Reinventing history: Jerome's Chronicle and the writing of the post-Roman West Mark Vessey 265

References 290

Index 313

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