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

Hardcover | December 15, 2014

EditorJohannes Wienand

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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 dependedheavily 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, andadministrative 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'smultifaceted 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 enduringchange.

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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 dependedheavily on the emperor's mobility, on collegial or...

Dr. Johannes Wienand teaches ancient history at the Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Dusseldorf (Germany).
Format:HardcoverDimensions:552 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 1.81 inPublished:December 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of AbbreviationsContributorsMap of the Roman Empire in the Fourth CenturyIntroduction1. Johannes Wienand: The Cloak of Power: Dressing and Undressing the KingPart One: Administering the Empire2. John Weisweiler: Domesticating the Senatorial lite: Universal Monarchy and Imperial Aristocracy in the Fourth Century AD3. John Noel Dillon: The Inflation of Rank and Privilege: Regulating Precedence in the Fourth Century AD4. Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner: Ostentatious Legislation: Law and Dynastic Change, AD 364-3655. Doug Lee: Emperors and Generals in the Fourth Century6. Joachim Szidat: Gaul and the Roman Emperors of the Fourth Century7. Michael Kulikowski: Regional Dynasties and Imperial CourtPart Two: Performing the Monarchy8. Mark Humphries: Emperors, Usurpers, and the City of Rome: Performing Power from Diocletian to Theodosius9. Johannes Wienand: O tandem felix civili, Roma, victoria!12 Civil War Triumphs From Honorius to Constantine and Back10. Hartmut Leppin: Coping with the Tyrant's Faction: Civil War Amnesties and Christian Discourses in the Fourth Century AD.11. Christopher Kelly: Pliny and Pacatus: Past and Present in Imperial Panegyric12. Henning Borm: Born to be Emperor: The Principle of Succession and the Roman Monarchy13. Christian Reitzenstein-Ronning: Performing Justice: The Penal Code of Constantine the GreatPart Three: Balancing Religious Change14. Harold Drake: Speaking of Power: Christian Redefinition of the Imperial Role in the Fourth Century15. Bruno Bleckmann: Constantine, Rome, and the Christians16. Noel Lenski: Constantine and the Tyche of Constantinopl17. Steffen Diefenbach: A Vain Quest for Unity: Creeds and Political (Dis)Integration in the Reign of Constantius II18. Johannes Hahn: The Challenge of Religious Violence: Imperial Ideology and Policy in the Fourth Century19. Rita Lizzi Testa: Christian Faith, Ancient Writers and Daily Life: The Impact of Christianity at the End of the Fourth CenturyEpilogue20. Johannes Wienand: The Empire's Golden Shade: Icons of Sovereignty in an Age of TransitionBibliographyGeneral IndexIndex Locorum

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"This exceptionally valuable book offers multiple perspectives on the development of the institutional, ideological and religious aspects of the Roman empire's first Christian century. Breaking away from traditional divisions according to dynasty or religion, we see how the Roman statedeveloped new answers to the central question of its own legitimacy. Eschewing simplistic generalizations, the diverse contributions offer multiple perspectives on the way the Roman system of government interacted with its subjects. Wienand has performed an invaluable service by facilitating a wideranging encounter among scholarly styles to promote a well-articulated discussion of significant themes in the governance of the Roman Empire, illuminating not only the period under consideration, but earlier and later periods as well." --David Potter, University of Michigan