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Thomas Backhuys, Charikleia Armoni, Robert W. Daniel, Jannik Korte, Klaus Maresch, Gesa Schenke, Alkestis A. Spinou and Wolfgang Wegner

Markus Sehlmeyer

Edited by Achim Landwehr

Fälschung als Mittel politischer Auseinandersetztung

Ludwig der Fromme (814-840) und die Genese der pseudoisidorischen Dekretalen

Klaus Zechiel-Eckes

From Face to Face

Recarving of Roman Portraits and the Late-Antique Portrait Arts. Second, revised edition

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Marina Prusac

This book is based on an investigation of more than 2000 portraits of which around 500 have proven to be recarved. It provides thorough analyses of the different recarving methods, some of which can be attributed to geographically localized workshops, establishing classifiable categories, and an analytical text with special regard to the cultural historical changes in Late Antiquity. The investigation underpins a hypothesis on the late antique portraits style as a consequence of the many recarved portraits at the time, which relied on a syncretism of politics, religion and ideology. The conclusion gives a new understanding of how broad-scoped, culturally and politically encoded and comprehensive the practice of recarving was.

Peter Riedlberger

Peter Riedlberger’s award-winning thesis offers an exhaustive commentary on the 8th and last book of the Iohannis. This poem intrigues its readers on more than one account: Using the well-established form of Latin epic, it offers a fascinating window into the world of reconquered Roman Africa ca. 550 A.D. On one level, the commentary tries to elucidate the numerous allusions to contemporary events, persons and realia; on another level, it firmly sets the poem in the Latin epic tradition, distinguishing clearly between poetical conventions and descriptions of real-life facts. This book further comprises a critical edition of the 8th book, the first ever German translation, and a comprehensive introduction, which establishes the true name of the author (Gorippus, not Corippus) and challenges the current notion of the function and role of late antique panegyrics. Strong points include the book’s high readability, its many illustrations (which include useful maps and several reproductions).

Deniz Burcu Erciyas

A rebellious kingdom on the margins of the great Roman Empire or a kingdom in pursuit of a wider sovereignity? In spite of its notorious political history under the reign of Mithradates VI (120-63 BC), the social and economic history of the Black Sea region constitutes an uncharted territory. This book is a first comprehensive study of the archaeological, literary, and numismatic evidence from the central Black Sea region of Turkey during the Hellenistic Period. The monetary policies of the Pontic cities, testimonial to regional unification under Mithradates and his political influence on neighbouring lands are studied in separate sections. The section on the discovery of a remarkable tomb at Amisos reveals the emergence of the Pontic cities early as the fourth/early 3rd century BC.