The Representation and Perception of Roman Imperial Power

Proceedings of the Third Workshop of the International Network Impact of Empire (Roman Empire, c. 200 B.C. - A.D. 476), Rome, March 20-23, 2002


From the days of the emperor Augustus (27 B.C.-A.D. 14) the emperor and his court had a quintessential position within the Roman Empire. It is therefore clear that when the Impact of the Roman Empire is analysed, the impact of the emperor and those surrounding him is a central issue. The study of the representation and perception of Roman imperial power is a multifaceted area of research, which greatly helps our understanding of Roman society. In its successive parts this volume focuses on
1. The representation and perception of Roman imperial power through particular media: literary texts, inscriptions, coins, monuments, ornaments, and insignia, but also nicknames and death-bed scenes.
2. The representation and perception of Roman imperial power in the city of Rome and the various provinces.
3. The representation of power by individual emperors.
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Lukas de Blois is Professor of Ancient History at the Radboud University Nijmegen in The Netherlands. He has published books and articles on the history of the Roman Empire in the third century A.D., the history of the Late Roman Republic, ancient historiography (Sallust, Tacitus, Cassius Dio), Plutarch’s biographies, and Greek Sicily in the fourth century B.C. He has also published a manual (L. de Blois & R.J. van der Spek, Introduction to the Ancient World, London/ New York 1997).
Contents: I. PARTICULAR MEDIA ALFÖLDY, G.: Die Repräsentation der kaiserlichen Macht in den Inschriften Roms und des Imperium Romanum. BLOIS, L. DE: The Perception of Roman Imperial Authority in Herodian’s Work. BRUUN, CH.: Roman Emperors in Popular Jargon: Searching for Contemporary Nicknames. HAENSCH, R.: Römische Amtsinhaber als Vorbild für die Bischöfe des vierten Jahrhunderts. HEKSTER, O.: Coins and Messages. Audience Targeting on Coins of Different Denominations? HESBERG, H. VON: Römisches Ornament als Sprache. Die sanfte Gegenwart der Macht. HOOFF, A. VAN: The Imperial Art of Dying. LÓPEZ-SANCHEZ, F.: Left and Right in Roman Coins of the 4th and 5th Centuries A.D. NEIRA FALEIRO, C.: La plenitudo potestatis e la veneratio imperatoris come principio dogmatico della politica della tarda antichità; un esempio chiaro: la Notitia Dignitatum. RICHARDSON, J.: Imperium Romanum between Republic and Empire. ZWALVE, W.: Valerius Patruinus’ case. Contracting in the name of the emperor. II. ROME AND THE PROVINCES BOTTERI, P.: Ancyra, Antiochia e Apollonia. La rappresentazione delle Res Gestae Divi Augusti. CHANIOTIS, A.: The Perception of Imperial Power in Aphrodisias: The Epigraphic Evidence. ECK, W.: Nähe und Ferne kaiserlicher Macht: das Beispiel Köln. JONG, J. DE: Representation and Perception of Roman Imperial Power in Greek Papyrus Texts from A.D. 238. KLEIJN, G. DE: The Emperor and Public Works in the City of Rome. KRIECKHAUS, A.: Im Schatten des Kaisers: Überlegungen zu: L. Minicius Natalis Quadronius Verus und seiner Beziehung zu Hadrian. PANCIERA, S.: Umano, sovrumano o divino? Le divinità augustee e l’ imperatore a Roma. SLOOTJES, D.: Between Criticism and Praise: Provincial Image of the Governor in the Later Roman Empire. STOLTE, B.: Jurisdiction and Representation of Power, or, the Emperor on Circuit. WALLACE-HADRILL, A.: Representations of Imperial Power in Town-planning: The Case of Rome. III. INDIVIDUAL EMPERORS BIRLEY, A.: Hadrian’s Travels. COULSTON, J.: Overcoming the Barbarian: Depictions of Rome’s Enemies in Trajanic Monumental Art. HAEGEMANS, K.: Representation and Perception of Imperial Power in A.D. 238. The Numismatic Evidence. MOLS, S.: The Cult of Roma Aeterna in Hadrian’s Politics. MOORMANN, E.: Some Observations on Nero and the City of Rome. PERRIN, Y.: Aux marches du palais: les accès au Palatium de 54 à 70. RICH, J.: Augustus, War and Peace. SINGOR, H.: The Labarum, Shield Blazons, and Constantine’s caeleste signum. VOUT, C.: A Revision of Hadrian’s Portraiture.