Gaining and Losing Imperial Favour in Late Antiquity

Representation and Reality


The collective volume Gaining and Losing Imperial Favour in Late Antiquity: Representation and Reality, edited by Kamil Cyprian Choda, Maurits Sterk de Leeuw and Fabian Schulz, offers new insights into the political culture of the Roman Empire in the 4th and 5th centuries A.D., where the emperor’s favour was paramount. The articles examine how people gained, maintained, or lost imperial favour. The contributors approach this theme by studying processes of interpersonal infl uence and competition through the lens of modern sociological models. Taking into account both political reality and literary representation, this volume will have much to offer students of late-antique history and/or literature as well as those interested in the politics of pre-modern monarchical states.

E-Book : List price

EUR  €116.00USD  $140.00
Biographical Note
Kamil Cyprian Choda is preparing his Ph.D. in Ancient History at the University of Tübingen. He investigates how 5th-century Christian historiography represented the influence exercised on the emperors by churchmen.
Maurits Sterk de Leeuw is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Ancient History at the University of Tübingen. He is preparing a thesis on the political role of monks in late-antique Constantinople.
Fabian Schulz, Ph.D. (2010), is a Classicist and Ancient Historian, who, after working at the Free University of Berlin and the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, joined the University of Tübingen as a senior researcher.
Contributors are: Vedran Bileta, Kamil Cyprian Choda, Regina Fichera, Martijn Icks, Isabelle Künzer, Maurits Sterk de Leeuw, Bruno Marien, Christian Rollinger, Fabian Schulz.
Table of contents
List of Figures
List of Abbreviations


Part 2: Competition at the Late-Antique Court: Structures and Effects

1 “The Greatest Glory Is Always Habitually Subject to Envy”—Competition and Conflict over Closeness to the Emperor at the Roman Court in the 4th Century
Isabelle Künzer

2 The Importance of Being Splendid: Competition, Ceremonial, and the Semiotics of Status at the Court of the Late Roman Emperors (4th–6th Centuries)
Christian Rollinger

3 The venatio in the Emperor’s Presence? The consistorium and the Military Men of the Late Roman Empire in the West
Vedran Bileta

Part 3: Watch Your Words: the Role of Language in Gaining or Losing Imperial Favour

4 Symmachus’ Epistolary Influence: the Rehabiliation of Nicomachus Flavianus through Recommendation Letters
Bruno Marien

5 Losing the Empress’s Favour: on the Margins of John Chrysostom’s Homily 48 on Matthew
Kamil Cyprian Choda

6 Buying Imperial Favour: Cyril of Alexandria’s Blessings
Maurits Sterk de Leeuw

Attack as the Best Defence: Resisting Unwelcome Influence

7 Kept in the Dark, Narratives of Imperial Seclusion in Late Antiquity
Martijn Icks

8 Jovian, an Emperor Who Did Not Bow to Heretics and Infidels? A Critical Reading of the Petitiones Arianorum
Fabian Schulz

9 Divining to Gain (or Lose) the Favour of Usurpers: the Case of Pamprepius of Panopolis (440–484)
Regina Fichera

Students and scholars of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and Byzantium, as well as academics who study courts diachronically or from a sociological point of view.
Index Card