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Two Romes: Rome and Constantinople in Late Antiquity - Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity (Paperback)
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Two Romes: Rome and Constantinople in Late Antiquity - Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity (Paperback)

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The city of Constantinople was named New Rome or Second Rome very soon after its foundation in AD 324; over the next two hundred years it replaced the original Rome as the greatest city of the Mediterranean. In this unified essay collection, prominent international scholars examine the changing roles and perceptions of Rome and Constantinople in Late Antiquity from a range of different disciplines and scholarly perspectives. The seventeen chapters cover both the comparative development and the shifting status of the two cities. Developments in politics and urbanism are considered, along with the cities' changing relationships with imperial power, the church, and each other, and their evolving representations in both texts and images. These studies present important revisionist arguments and new interpretations of significant texts and events. This comparative perspective allows the neglected subject of the relationship between the two Romes to come into focus while avoiding the teleological distortions common in much past scholarship. An introductory section sets the cities, and their comparative development, in context. Part Two looks at topography, and includes the first English translation of the Notitia of Constantinople. The following section deals with politics proper, considering the role of emperors in the two Romes and how rulers interacted with their cities. Part Four then considers the cities through the prism of literature, in particular through the distinctively late antique genre of panegyric. The fifth group of essays considers a crucial aspect shared by the two cities: their role as Christian capitals. Lastly, a provocative epilogue looks at the enduring Roman identity of the post-Heraclian Byzantine state. Thus, Two Romes not only illuminates the study of both cities but also enriches our understanding of the late Roman world in its entirety.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190241087
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 700 g
Dimensions: 234 x 172 x 30 mm


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Two Romes is an important book, and the chapters are uniformly excellent discussions of their particular topics from the later Roman empire. * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
A thoughtful, valuable, and useful introduction to a new field of study. Highly recommended. * CHOICE *
This is an important and welcome volume. Lucy Grig and Gavin Kelly are to be congratulated for commissioning such a lively and challenging collection of papers on Rome and Constantinople, the two great metropoleis of late antiquity. Their comparative approach and forceful arguments bring a new and fresh perspective to the culture, ceremonial and physical development of the two cities, as well as new interpretations of some central sources. * Averil Cameron, University of Oxford *
New, and at times surprisingly provocative, perspectives on the old Rome and its Greek successor, with several contributions destined for classic status. * Michael Kulikowski, Penn State *
Together, these seventeen well-edited entries hence offer promising new approaches to both familiar and less often viewed material and reveal some of the rich insights that can be gained from looking afresh at the two capitals.... Two Romes, then, is a truly enjoyable, informative and inspiring read. It is highly recommended not only to historians of late-antique Rome and Constantinople, but to anyone interested in the history, culture and religion of Late Antiquity. * Muriel Moser, H-Soz-u-Kult *
On the whole this volume represents a significant contribution for the understanding of the role of the two most important cities of the Empire, especially during the fourth and fifth centuries. This valuable and specialized collection is also fluidly written and edited, making it a pleasure to read. * Massimiliano Vitiello, Sehepunkte *
Two Romes is an important book, and the chapters are uniformly excellent discussions of their particular topics from the later Roman empire. * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
A thoughtful, valuable, and useful introduction to a new field of study. Highly recommended. * CHOICE *
This is an important and welcome volume. Lucy Grig and Gavin Kelly are to be congratulated for commissioning such a lively and challenging collection of papers on Rome and Constantinople, the two great metropoleis of late antiquity. Their comparative approach and forceful arguments bring a new and fresh perspective to the culture, ceremonial and physical development of the two cities, as well as new interpretations of some central sources. * Averil Cameron, University of Oxford *
New, and at times surprisingly provocative, perspectives on the old Rome and its Greek successor, with several contributions destined for classic status. * Michael Kulikowski, Penn State *
Together, these seventeen well-edited entries hence offer promising new approaches to both familiar and less often viewed material and reveal some of the rich insights that can be gained from looking afresh at the two capitals.... Two Romes, then, is a truly enjoyable, informative and inspiring read. It is highly recommended not only to historians of late-antique Rome and Constantinople, but to anyone interested in the history, culture and religion of Late Antiquity. * Muriel Moser, H-Soz-u-Kult *
On the whole this volume represents a significant contribution for the understanding of the role of the two most important cities of the Empire, especially during the fourth and fifth centuries. This valuable and specialized collection is also fluidly written and edited, making it a pleasure to read. * Massimiliano Vitiello, Sehepunkte *

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