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Imagining Emperors in the Later Roman Empire offers new analysis of the textual depictions of a series of emperors in the fourth century within overlapping historical, religious, and literary contexts. Drawing on the recent Representational Turn in the study of imperial power, these essays examine how literary authors working in various genres, both Latin and Greek, and of differing religious affiliations construct and manipulate the depiction of a series of emperors from the late third to the late fourth centuries CE. In a move away from traditional source criticism, this volume opens up new methodological approaches to chart intellectual and literary history during a critical century for the ancient Mediterranean world.

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Imagining Emperors in the Later Roman Empire is the first multi-authored volume to analyse chronologically the developments in thinking about emperorship in a crucial timeframe in European history, the change from a multi-centered pagan empire to the unified Christian empire in which the century ended, forming a crucial step-up for the history of Europe ahead, the transition to the Middle Ages, and either forms of kingship and presidency lasting until today.

Dr Diederik Burgersdijk
utrecht university

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This page is a summary of: Imagining Emperors in the Later Roman Empire, July 2018, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/9789004370920.
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