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Emperors and Usurpers in the Later Roman Empire – Civil War, Panegyric, and the Construction of Legitimacy | Oxford Scholarship Online
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Emperors and Usurpers in the Later Roman Empire: Civil War, Panegyric, and the Construction of Legitimacy

Adrastos Omissi

Abstract

This book is the first history of civil war in the later Roman Empire to be written in English. It advances the thesis that civil war was endemic to the later Empire (third to fifth centuries AD) and explores the way in which successive imperial dynasties—many of whose founding members had themselves usurped power—attempted to legitimate themselves and counter the threat of almost perpetual internal challenge to their rule. The work takes as its operating principle that history is written by the victors, and seeks to employ panegyric as a tool to understand the processes that, according to one ... More

Keywords: usurpation, civil war, Roman emperors, legitimacy, panegyric, damnatio memoriae

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198824824
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198824824.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrastos Omissi, author
Lecturer in Latin Literature, University of Glasgow