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Constantine


Constantine

Dynasty, Religion and Power in the Later Roman Empire
Blackwell Ancient Lives, Band 16 1. Aufl.

von: Timothy D. Barnes

23,99 €

Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
Format: EPUB
Veröffentl.: 13.11.2013
ISBN/EAN: 9781444396256
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 288

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Drawing on recent scholarly advances and new evidence, Timothy Barnes offers a fresh and exciting study of Constantine and his life. First study of Constantine to make use of Kevin Wilkinson's re-dating of the poet Palladas to the reign of Constantine, disproving the predominant scholarly belief that Constantine remained tolerant in matters of religion to the end of his reign Clearly sets out the problems associated with depictions of Constantine and answers them with great clarity Includes Barnes' own research into the marriage of Constantine's parents, Constantine's status as a crown prince and his father's legitimate heir, and his dynastic plans Honorable Mention for 2011 Classics & Ancient History PROSE award granted by the Association of American Publishers
List of Illustrations ix Preface x Abbreviations xii 1 Introduction 1 Official Lies and the 'Constantinian Question' 2 The Progress of Historical Research 6 Contemporary Perspectives on Constantine 8 Coins, Inscriptions and Monuments 16 2 The Soldier and the Stable-Girl 27 The Social Status of Helena 30 The Marriage of Constantine's Parents 33 Constantius' Second Wife 38 The Later Life of Helena 42 3 Constantine, the Ruins of Babylon and the Court of Pharaoh 46 The Diocletianic Tetrarchy (293-305) 46 The Appointment of New Emperors 49 Constantine in the East (293-305) 51 The Dynastic Coup of 305 56 4 The Road to Rome 61 Constantine’s Proclamation and Recognition as Emperor 62 Politics and Warfare 306-310 66 The Vision of Constantine 74 The Invasion of Italy 80 Constantine in Rome and Christmas 312 83 Constantinian Churches in Rome 85 Appendix: The Status of Constantine 306-311 89 5 Brothers-in-Law 90 Constantine and Licinius in Milan 90 Was there an 'Edict of Milan'? 93 Towards War 97 From Cibalae (316) to Chrysopolis (324) 103 6 The Transformation of the East 107 The Foundation of Constantinople 111 An Imperial Sermon 113 The Council of Nicaea 120 A Christian Capital for a Christian Roman Empire 126 Pro-Christian Legislation 131 Constantine and Ecclesiastical Politics 140 East and West in the Fourth Century 142 7 Dynastic Politics after the Council of Nicaea 144 The Deaths of Crispus and Fausta 144 A Third Wife for Constantine? 150 The Organization of the Empire 153 Constantine's Dynastic Plans 163 An Astrologer's Praise of Constantine 168 Tables: Dynastic Alliances and Children of Emperors 285-337 170 Appendix: The Dynastic Marriages of 335 and 336 171 8 Epilogue 173 Appendix A: The Career of Lactantius 176 Appendix B: Galerius' Sarmatian Victories 179 Appendix C: The Panegyrici Latini and Constantine 181 Appendix D: Eusebius, On Easter (De Sollemnitate Paschali) 185 Appendix E: Nicagoras in Egypt 192 Appendix F: Praxagoras of Athens 195 Appendix G: An Anonymous Panegyric of Constantine 198 Notes 201 Bibliography 226 Index 254
“This fine book is a significant achievement in a fertile era of Constantinian studies.” (Ecclesiastical History, 1 July 2013) “I would recommend a careful reading of this book to anyone who wants to discover what we really know about Constantine.” (Open House, 1 April 2012) "Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above." (Choice, 1 January 2012)
Timothy David Barnes is Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto. He is the author of Constantine and Eusebius (1981), The New Empire of Diocletian and Constantine (1982), Athanasius and Constantius: Theology and Politics in the Constantinian Empire (1993), Ammianus Marcellinus and the Representation of Historical Reality (1998), and Early Christian Hagiography and Roman History (2010).
"Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above." (Choice, 1 January 2012) "I would recommend a careful reading of this book to anyone who wants to discover what we really know about Constantine." (Open House, 1 April 2012) "Barnes' hypothesis, that Constantine pursued aggressively Christian policies, is sustained through a point-by-point summation of four decades of scholarship, and vindicated by the latest innovative research. This is a powerful, polemical, and persuasive book." —Paul Stephenson, University of Durham "Thirty years after Constantine and Eusebius, Tim Barnes has rejoined the fray of Constantinian studies. Armed with fresh evidence and characteristic vigor, blending biography, politics, and religion, Barnes has once again set the agenda for debate on topics central to the history of the later Roman world." —Dennis Trout, University of Missouri Depictions of Constantine and his actions have varied widely, with modern portrayals ranging from the pious Catholic emperor depicted by Cardinal Baronius in the 16th century to the 19th century Hegelian interpretation of Constantine as an ancient Napoleon. Barnes argues that most modern representations of Constantine are rarely based on an evaluation of the relevant ancient evidence, but instead usually reflect the predilections of their creators. In this new and exciting investigation, Barnes develops his interpretation of the emperor first set out in his Constantine and Eusebius (1981). He is now able to strengthen his arguments and conclusions in light of the emergence of new evidence and recent research. These include especially Peter Weiss's convincing interpretation of the vision of Constantine in 1993, and Kevin Wilkinson's more recent re-dating of the poet Palladas to the reign of Constantine, which disproves the predominant scholarly belief that Constantine remained tolerant in matters of religion to the end of his reign. Barnes also investigates the marriage of Constantine's parents, Constantine's status both as a crown prince in the reign of Diocletian and as his father's legitimate successor as emperor in 306, and the dynastic politics of his reign.
“Barnes' hypothesis, that Constantine pursued aggressively Christian policies, is sustained through a point-by-point summation of four decades of scholarship, and vindicated by the latest innovative research. This is a powerful, polemical, and persuasive book.” Paul Stephenson, University of Durham “Thirty years after Constantine and Eusebius, Tim Barnes has rejoined the fray of Constantinian studies. Armed with fresh evidence and characteristic vigor, blending biography, politics, and religion, Barnes has once again set the agenda for debate on topics central to the history of the later Roman world.” Dennis Trout, University of Missouri

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