Emperors and Bishops in Late Roman Invective Hardback

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Emperors and Bishops in Late Roman Invective

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This innovative study illuminates the role of polemical literature in the political life of the Roman empire by examining the earliest surviving invectives directed against a living emperor. Written by three bishops (Athanasius of Alexandria, Hilary of Poitiers, Lucifer of Cagliari), these texts attacked Constantius II (337-61) for his vicious and tyrannical behaviour, as well as his heretical religious beliefs. This book explores the strategies employed by these authors to present themselves as fearless champions of liberty and guardians of faith, as they sought to bolster their authority at a time when they were out of step with the prevailing imperial view of Christian orthodoxy. Furthermore, by analysing this unique collection of writings alongside late antique panegyrics and ceremonial, it also rehabilitates anti-imperial polemic as a serious political activity and explores the ways in which it functioned within the complex web of presentations and perceptions that underpinned late Roman power relationships.

Emperors and Bishops in Late Roman Invective by Richard Flower was published by Cambridge University Press in May 2013. The ISBN for Emperors and Bishops in Late Roman Invective is 9781107031722.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherCambridge University Press (May 2013)
Number of Pages312
Thickness21 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4065520
Page last updated 21st June 2018
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