Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Pagan City and Christian CapitalRome in the Fourth Century$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

John R Curran

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199254200

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199254200.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 14 December 2017

Paganism, Christianity and the Imperial Celebrations in the Circus Maximus During the Fourth Century

Paganism, Christianity and the Imperial Celebrations in the Circus Maximus During the Fourth Century

Chapter:
(p.218) 6 Paganism, Christianity and the Imperial Celebrations in the Circus Maximus During the Fourth Century
Source:
Pagan City and Christian Capital
Author(s):

John R. Curran (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199254200.003.0006

This chapter discusses the festival calendar, the importance of circus games, the iconography of the Circus Maximus in the 4th century, and the pompa circi and the Christian emperor. The festival calendar was an ancient means of exposing very large numbers of spectators to the presence of the gods; the utility of the circus and its ceremonial made it an early platform for the promotion of the imperial cult. Christian emperors and their functionaries sought to keep the Circus Maximus and its races intact. Through their exploitation of the festival calendar, they increased the number and frequency of the entertainments which characterized the observance of feast days. They were thus able to continue and enhance what their pagan predecessors had sought through the promotion of the same institutions: the keeping of their names and achievements before the populace of Rome.

Keywords:   Rome, festival calendar, Circus Maximus, Christian emperor

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .