The Construction of Authority in Ancient Rome and Byzantium: The Rhetoric of Empire by Sarolta A. Takacs | 9780521878654 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Construction of Authority in Ancient Rome and Byzantium: The Rhetoric of Empire

The Construction of Authority in Ancient Rome and Byzantium: The Rhetoric of Empire

by Sarolta A. Takacs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521878659

ISBN-13: 9780521878654

Pub. Date: 09/22/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In The Construction of Authority in Ancient Rome and Byzantium, Sarolta Takács examines the role of the Roman emperor, who was the single most important law-giving authority in Roman society. Emperors had to embody the qualities or virtues espoused by Rome's ruling classes. Political rhetoric shaped the ancients' reality and played a part in the upkeep of

Overview

In The Construction of Authority in Ancient Rome and Byzantium, Sarolta Takács examines the role of the Roman emperor, who was the single most important law-giving authority in Roman society. Emperors had to embody the qualities or virtues espoused by Rome's ruling classes. Political rhetoric shaped the ancients' reality and played a part in the upkeep of their political structures. Takács isolates a reoccurring cultural pattern, a conscious appropriation of symbols and signs (verbal and visual) belonging to the Roman Empire. She shows that many contemporary concepts of "empire" have Roman precedents, which are reactivations or reuses of well-established ancient patterns. Showing the dialectical interactivity between the constructed past and present, Takács also focuses on the issue of classical legacy through these virtues, which are not simply repeated or adapted cultural patterns, but are tools for the legitimization of political power, authority, and even domination of one nation over another.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521878654
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/22/2008
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Shaping a rhetorical pattern of political authority; 2. Empire of words and men; 3. Appropriation of a pattern; 4. The power of rhetoric.

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