Two Romes: Rome and Constantinople in Late Antiquity

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EditorLucy Grig, Gavin Kelly

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The city of Constantinople was named New Rome or Second Rome very soon after its foundation in AD 324; over the next two hundred years it replaced the original Rome as the greatest city of the Mediterranean. In this unified essay collection, prominent international scholars examine thechanging roles and perceptions of Rome and Constantinople in Late Antiquity from a range of different disciplines and scholarly perspectives. The seventeen chapters cover both the comparative development and the shifting status of the two cities. Developments in politics and urbanism are considered, along with the cities' changing relationships with imperial power, the church, and each other, and their evolving representations in bothtexts and images. These studies present important revisionist arguments and new interpretations of significant texts and events. This comparative perspective allows the neglected subject of the relationship between the two Romes to come into focus while avoiding the teleological distortions commonin much past scholarship. An introductory section sets the cities, and their comparative development, in context. Part Two looks at topography, and includes the first English translation of the Notitia of Constantinople. The following section deals with politics proper, considering the role of emperors in the two Romes andhow rulers interacted with their cities. Part Four then considers the cities through the prism of literature, in particular through the distinctively late antique genre of panegyric. The fifth group of essays considers a crucial aspect shared by the two cities: their role as Christian capitals.Lastly, a provocative epilogue looks at the enduring Roman identity of the post-Heraclian Byzantine state. Thus, Two Romes not only illuminates the study of both cities but also enriches our understanding of the late Roman world in its entirety.

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The city of Constantinople was named New Rome or Second Rome very soon after its foundation in AD 324; over the next two hundred years it replaced the original Rome as the greatest city of the Mediterranean. In this unified essay collection, prominent international scholars examine thechanging roles and perceptions of Rome and Constant...

Lucy Grig is Senior Lecturer in Classics at Edinburgh University and author of Making Martyrs in Late Antiquity. Gavin Kelly is Reader in Classics at Edinburgh University and author of Ammianus Marcellinus: The Allusive Historian.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 1.42 inPublished:June 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceContributorsFiguresPart I. Introduction: Rome and Constantinople in context1. Lucy Grig and Gavin Kelly: Introduction: from Rome to Constantinople2. Lucy Grig: Competing Capitals, Competing Representations: Late Antique Cityscapes in Words and Pictures3. Bryan Ward-Perkins: The Rise of Constantinople: Old and New Rome ComparedPart II. Urban Space and Urban Development in Comparative Perspective4. John Matthews: The Notitia Urbis Constantinopolitanae5. James Crow: "It would be abominable for the inhabitants of this Beautiful City to be compelled to purchase water." Water and Late Antique Constantinople6. Carlos Machado: Aristocratic Houses and the Making of Late Antique Rome and ConstantinoplePart III. Emperors in the City7. Mark Humphries: Valentinian III and the City of Rome (425-455): Patronage, Politics, Power8. Peter Van Nuffelen: Playing the Ritual Game in Constantinople (379-457)Part IV. Panegyric9. Roger Rees: Bright lights, Big City: Pacatus and the Panegyrici Latini10. John Vanderspoel: A Tale of Two Cities: Themistius on Rome and Constantinople11. Gavin Kelly: Claudian and Constantinople12. Andrew Gillett: Epic Panegyric and Political Communication in the Fifth-Century WestPart V. Christian Capitals?13. Benet Salway: There But Not There: Constantinople in the Itinerarium Burdigalense14. John Curran: Virgilizing Christianity in Late Antique Rome15. Neil McLynn: "Two Romes, Beacons of the Whole World": Canonizing Constantinople16. Philippe Blaudeau: Between Petrine Ideology and Realpolitik: The See of Constantinople in Roman Geo-Ecclesiology after the End of the Acacian Schism (518-523)Part VI. Epilogue17. Anthony Kaldellis: From Rome to New Rome, from Empire to Nation State: Reopening the Question of Byzantium's Roman IdentityBibliographyIndexIndex Locorum

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"On the whole this volume represents a significant contribution for the understanding of the role of the two most important cities of the Empire, especially during the fourth and fifth centuries. This valuable and specialized collection is also fluidly written and edited, making it a pleasureto read." --Massimiliano Vitiello, Sehepunkte