Emperor and Senators in the Reign of Constantius II: Maintaining Imperial Rule Between Rome and Constantinople in the Fourth Century AD

Emperor and Senators in the Reign of Constantius II: Maintaining Imperial Rule Between Rome and Constantinople in the Fourth Century AD

by Muriel Moser
Emperor and Senators in the Reign of Constantius II: Maintaining Imperial Rule Between Rome and Constantinople in the Fourth Century AD

Emperor and Senators in the Reign of Constantius II: Maintaining Imperial Rule Between Rome and Constantinople in the Fourth Century AD

by Muriel Moser

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Overview

In this book, Muriel Moser investigates the relationship between the emperors Constantine I and his son Constantius II (AD 312–361) and the senators of Constantinople and Rome. She examines and contextualizes the integration of the social elites of Rome and the Eastern provinces into the imperial system and demonstrates their increased importance for the maintenance of imperial rule in response to political fragility and fragmentation. An in-depth analysis of senatorial careers and imperial legislation is combined with a detailed assessment of the political context - shared rule, the suppression of usurpations, Constantius' use of Constantine's memory. Using a wide range of literary, epigraphic, numismatic, and legal sources, some of which are as yet unpublished, this volume produces significant new readings of the history of the senates in Rome and Constantinople, of the construction of imperial rule and of historical change in Late Antiquity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108703710
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/11/2022
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies
Pages: 438
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Muriel Moser is Assistant Professor of Ancient History at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt Am Main. Her research focuses on the political and cultural history of the Graeco-Roman world from 100 BC to AD 400. Her publications include a themed volume of Antiquité Tardive called 'Imperial Presence in Late Antique Rome (2nd to 7th Centuries AD)' (co-edited with M. McEvoy, 2017), as well as Strategies of Remembering in Greece Under Rome (100 BC to 100 AD) (2017, co-edited with T. M. Dijkstra, I. N. I. Kuin and D. Weidgenannt).

Table of Contents

Part I. A Unified Roman Empire (AD 312–337): 1. Constantine and the Senate of Rome; 2. Constantine's eastern Roman empire; Part II. Ruling the East (AD 337–350): 3. The senatorial officials of Constantius II; 4. Remembering Constantine in Antioch and Constantinople; Part III. Ruler of Rome and Constantinople (AD 350–361): 5. Crisis and innovation: between Magnentius and Gallus; 6. Romanizing Constantinople: the creation of a second senate; 7. A Roman triumph: Constantius II in Rome.
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