Contested Monarchy: Integrating the Roman Empire in the by Johannes Wienand

By Johannes Wienand

Contested Monarchy reappraises the wide-ranging and lasting transformation of the Roman monarchy among the Principate and overdue Antiquity. The publication takes as its concentration the century from Diocletian to Theodosius I (284-395), a interval within which the soundness of monarchical rule depended seriously at the emperors mobility, on collegial or dynastic rule, and at the army answer of inner political crises. even as, profound non secular alterations transformed the premises of political interplay and symbolic conversation among the emperor and his matters, and administrative and army readjustments replaced the institutional foundations of the Roman monarchy. This quantity concentrates at the measures taken via emperors of this era to deal with the altering framework in their rule. the gathering examines monarchy alongside 3 specified but intertwined fields: Administering the Empire, appearing the Monarchy, and Balancing spiritual switch. every one box possesses its personal historiography and method, and consequently has frequently been taken care of individually. This volumes multifaceted procedure builds on contemporary scholarship and developments to check imperial rule in a extra built-in type. With new paintings from quite a lot of foreign students, Contested Monarchy bargains a clean survey of the position of the Roman monarchy in a interval of important and enduring swap.

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By Johannes Wienand

Contested Monarchy reappraises the wide-ranging and lasting transformation of the Roman monarchy among the Principate and overdue Antiquity. The publication takes as its concentration the century from Diocletian to Theodosius I (284-395), a interval within which the soundness of monarchical rule depended seriously at the emperors mobility, on collegial or dynastic rule, and at the army answer of inner political crises. even as, profound non secular alterations transformed the premises of political interplay and symbolic conversation among the emperor and his matters, and administrative and army readjustments replaced the institutional foundations of the Roman monarchy. This quantity concentrates at the measures taken via emperors of this era to deal with the altering framework in their rule. the gathering examines monarchy alongside 3 specified but intertwined fields: Administering the Empire, appearing the Monarchy, and Balancing spiritual switch. every one box possesses its personal historiography and method, and consequently has frequently been taken care of individually. This volumes multifaceted procedure builds on contemporary scholarship and developments to check imperial rule in a extra built-in type. With new paintings from quite a lot of foreign students, Contested Monarchy bargains a clean survey of the position of the Roman monarchy in a interval of important and enduring swap.

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Around the year 400, total membership in the senate had increased almost sevenfold, to more than four thousand. Most of the new senators did not come from Rome, nor did they relocate there after their acquisition of senatorial rank. 3 Several excellent studies have elucidated the administrative reforms that made possible this far-reaching reorganization of the imperial ruling class. 4 Also the economic impact of the new configuration of power has come into sharper focus. Fine studies by historians such as Domenico Vera, Chris Wickham, and Jairus Banaji have delineated the ways in which the formation of new fiscal and monetary systems reshaped local economies throughout the Mediterranean World in ways conducive to the interests of the new 1 Brilliant accounts of the institutional structure of the early-imperial senate are offered by Talbert 1984; Hopkins/Burton 1985; Chastagnol 1992, 1–242; Eck 2000.

Rather, the stasis-like conditions that can be observed in some cities resulted from the enhancement of the status of members of the clergy, which increased and intensified the formation of factions at both the local and regional levels. ” Hahn analyzes the role played by the emperor in religious conflicts between Christians and non-Christians as well as in conflicts between Christians of different denominations. The Constantinian revolution, with its strong support of a religious minority, implied a desacralization and delegitimization of the emperor in the religious field: the imperial cult, instrumental for relations with local elites and subjects in the provinces, vanished, as did sacred elements in imperial propaganda.

Kulikowski argues that regions along the limes but physically beyond its notional line should be considered as analogous to those within the limes, hence allowing us to interpret the Gallic, Syrian, or Anatolian elites of the fourth century according to the same criteria, and as part of the same historical patterns, as Moorish, Frankish, or Alamannic elites. Performing the Monarchy The chapters of the first section are concerned with the structure, the functions, and the gradual transformation of the institutional foundations and administrative resources of the Roman monarchy in the fourth century; the contributions to the second section focus specifically on the role of symbolic forms of communication and ritualized forms of interaction between the sovereign and his subjects.

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