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

ISBN : 9780199768998

Johannes Wienand
552 Pages
168 x 241 mm
Pub date
Jan 2015
Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity
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This volume aims to reappraise the wide-ranging and lasting transformation of the Roman monarchy between the Principate and Late Antiquity. The book takes as its focus the period from Diocletian to Theodosius I (284-395) and thus on a major developmental phase in the history of the Roman Empire. During this period, 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 Roman emperors of this period to cope with the changing framework of their rule. The collection will examine 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 trends to examine imperial rule in a more integrated fashion. A brief introductory article to each thematic section provides an overview of the major developments in the field, thereby providing a coherent framework for the contributions. Including new work from a wide range of European and American scholars, both established and junior, Contested Monarchy promises to provide a fresh survey of the role of the Roman monarch in a period of significant and enduring change.


List of Abbreviations
Map of the Roman Empire in the Fourth Century
1. The Cloak of Power: Dressing and Undressing the King
Johannes Wienand
Part One Administering the Empire
2. Domesticating the Senatorial Elite: Universal Monarchy and Imperial Aristocracy in the Fourth Century AD
John Weisweiler
3. The Inflation of Rank and Privilege: Regulating Precedence in the Fourth Century AD
John Noel Dillon
4. Ostentatious Legislation: Law and Dynastic Change, AD 364-365
Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner
5. Emperors and Generals in the Fourth Century
Doug Lee
6. Gaul and the Roman Emperors of the Fourth Century
Joachim Szidat
7. Regional Dynasties and Imperial Court
Michael Kulikowski
Part Two Performing the Monarchy
8. Emperors, Usurpers, and the City of Rome: Performing Power from Diocletian to Theodosius
Mark Humphries
9. O tandem felix civili, Roma, victoria! Civil War Triumphs From Honorius to Constantine and Back
Johannes Wienand
10. Coping with the Tyrant's Faction: Civil War Amnesties and Christian Discourses in the Fourth Century AD
Hartmut Leppin
11. Pliny and Pacatus: Past and Present in Imperial Panegyric
Christopher Kelly
12. Born to be Emperor: The Principle of Succession and the Roman Monarchy
Henning Borm
13. Performing Justice: The Penal Code of Constantine the Great
Christian Reitzenstein-Ronning
Part Three Balancing Religious Change
14. Speaking of Power: Christian Redefinition of the Imperial Role in the Fourth Century
Harold Drake
15. Constantine, Rome, and the Christians
Bruno Bleckmann
16. Constantine and the Tyche of Constantinople
Noel Lenski
17. A Vain Quest for Unity: Creeds and Political (Dis)Integration in the Reign of Constantius II
Steffen Diefenbach
18. The Challenge of Religious Violence: Imperial Ideology and Policy in the Fourth Century
Johannes Hahn
19. Christian Faith, Ancient Writers and Daily Life: The Impact of Christianity at the End of the Fourth Century
Rita Lizzi Testa
20. The Empire's Golden Shade: Icons of Sovereignty in an Age of Transition
Johannes Wienand
General Index
Index Locorum

About the author: 

Dr. Johannes Wienand is Assistant Professor of Ancient History and Classics at Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Dusseldorf, Germany.

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