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Emperors and Usurpers in the later Roman Empire civil war, panegyric, and the construction of legitimacy

Author: Adrastos Omissi
Publisher: Oxford Oxford University Press 2018
Series: Oxford studies in Byzantium
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats

Civil war and usurpation were endemic to the later Roman Empire, with no fewer than 37 men claiming imperial power between 284 and 395 AD. This volume constructs the first comprehensive history of  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Adrastos Omissi
ISBN: 0198824823 9780198824824
OCLC Number: 1029594821
Notes: Literaturverzeichnis: Seite 317-338
Description: xvii, 348 Seiten Illustrationen
Contents: FrontmatterList of FiguresList of AbbreviationsTypographical NotePART II: Usurpation, Legitimacy, and the Roman EmpireI.1: Why usurpation?: the problem of the imperial successionI.2: 'This litany of manifest usurpers and rebellious generals': why had the imperial succession become so unstable by the third century?I.3: 'The difference between a tyrant and a king is one of deeds, not of name': how was usurpation understood in the late Roman Empire?I.4: 'Let these things go unspoken': usurpation and modern researchII: Usurpation, Legitimacy, and PanegyricII.1: Known unknowns, and unknown unknowns: how to use panegyric as a sourceII.2: 'In which I would tell many lies': who dictated the content of panegyric?II.3: 'And would be viewed with favour by those who knew them to be such': panegyric, audience, and influenceII.4: Propaganda and powerPART IIIII: A House Divided Against ItselfIV: 'At last Roman, at last restored to the true light of Empire': Dyarchy, Tetrarchy, and the Fall of the British Empire of CarausiusIV.1: Birthing the late Roman state: dyarchs, tetrarchs, and a new language of powerIV.2: Emperors and bandits: the British Empire under Carausius and AllectusV: Tyranny and Betrayal: Constantine, Maximian, Maxentius, and LiciniusV.1: Constantine's usurpation: Constantine, Galerius, and MaximianV.2: The tyrannus: Maxentius and the rewards of civil warV.3: Notable by his absence: Licinius and the rise of the Constantinian dynastyVI: Tyranny and Blood: Constantius, Constans, Magnentius, and VetranioVI.1: Smiling for the cameras: the sons of Constantine, 337-50VI.2: The son of the father: Constantius the tyrant-slayerVII: Usurper, Propaganda, History: The Emperor JulianVII.1: The voice of a usurper: Julian's rise to powerVII.2: Bleaching the stains: Julian's sole ruleVIII: Panegyric and Apology: The Accession of Jovian and the Usurpation of ProcopiusVIII.1: The need for victory: Jovian and the demands of imperial rhetoricVIII.2: The enemy inside: Valentinian, Valens, and ProcopiusVIII.3: 'He who sought rule for himself behind the cloak of a little boy': the usurpation of Valentinian IIIX: Dismembering the House of Valentinian: The Usurpation of Theodosius and the War with Magnus MaximusIX.1: 'And nobly he made the vote his own': the usurpation of TheodosiusIX.2: Divided loyalties: the usurpation of Magnus MaximusX: Crisis and Transformation: Imperial Power in the Fifth CenturyXI: Conclusion: Those Made Tyrants by the Victory of OthersAppendix I: The PanegyricsAppendix II: Quantifying Usurpation: Notes to Accompany Figure I.2EndmatterBibliographyIndex
Series Title: Oxford studies in Byzantium
Responsibility: Adrastos Omissi


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