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In: The Impact of Imperial Rome on Religions, Ritual and Religious Life in the Roman Empire
In: Ritual Dynamics and Religious Change in the Roman Empire
Author: Olivier Hekster


This paper focuses on the importance of religious embeddedness in conceiving and constructing positions of power in imperial Roman history, and on the importance of relevant anchors in a society dominated by tradition. Through two case studies, it illustrates how the concept of anchoring can help us understand how changing memories and points of view influenced the connotations people had with a specific concepts or individuals. The first case analyses the title pontifex maximus, its appropriation by the emperors and some developments of form and meaning under the Roman bishops. The second case focuses on the different ways in which the emperor Constantine was linked to ‘his’ city of Constantinople, particularly as founder of the city. The close symbolic link between emperor and city forms a parallel to the importance of the city of Rome for the cult of Peter. The two case studies together aim to suggest a framework for ways in which Peter was memorialized in Rome.

In: The Early Reception and Appropriation of the Apostle Peter (60-800 CE)
In: The Representation and Perception of Roman Imperial Power
Proceedings of the Ninth Workshop of the International Network Impact of Empire (Durham, 16-19 April 2009)
This volume presents the proceedings of the ninth workshop of the international network ‘Impact of Empire’, which concentrates on the history of the Roman Empire and brings together ancient historians, archaeologists, classicists and specialists on Roman law from some thirty European, North American and Australian universities. This volume focuses on different ways in which the Roman Empire created, changed and influenced (perceptions of) frontiers. The volume is divided into five larger sections: the meaning of 'frontiers', consequences of frontiers, religious frontiers, shifting frontiers and crossing 'frontiers'. In this way, the volume pays attention to different kind of ‘frontiers’ within the Roman Empire, and to their importance for the functioning of the Roman Empire over a longer period of time.
Proceedings of the Thirteenth Workshop of the International Network Impact of Empire (Gent, June 21-24, 2017)
The Impact of Justice on the Roman Empire discusses ways in which notions, practice and the ideology of justice impacted on the functioning of the Roman Empire. The papers assembled in this volume follow from the thirteenth workshop of the international network Impact of Empire. They focus on what was considered just in various groups of Roman subjects, how these views were legitimated, shifted over time, and how they affected policy making and political, administrative, and judicial practices. Linking all of the papers are three common themes: the emperor and justice, justice in a dispersed empire and differentiation of justice.
In: The Impact of the Roman Army (200 B.C. – A.D. 476): Economic, Social, Political, Religious and Cultural Aspects
In: The Impact of Justice on the Roman Empire