Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Two RomesRome and Constantinople in Late Antiquity$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Lucy Grig and Gavin Kelly

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199739400

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739400.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 24 August 2019

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Themistius on Rome and Constantinople

Chapter:
(p.223) 10 A Tale of Two Cities
Source:
Two Romes
Author(s):

John Vanderspoel

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739400.003.0010

This chapter, developing and nuancing elements of the author’s monograph of 1995, examines the philosopher Themistius’ panegyrics as they present the developing status of Constantinople from the 350s to the 380s; it focuses particularly on its development as a capital and its relationship with Rome. Themistius’ status as a spokesman of the senate and his relationship with successive emperors make him a crucial source for Constantinople’s institutional development. The chapter maintains the importance of changes in the status of Constantinople and its senate in ca. 357, from a dynastic city to an eastern capital; and to a lesser degree after the accession of Theodosius, whose predecessor Valens had resented the city. It closes by considering the relationship between Themistius’ ideal of “two capitals” and the eventual reality, after 395, of “two empires.” The chapter also makes a number of detailed arguments about interpretation, notably arguing that the final section of Or. 3 did not form part of the speech as originally delivered in Rome in 357.

Keywords:   Themistius, Constantinople, Rome, senate, capital, Panegyric

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 .