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
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 790 g
Dimensions: 237 x 162 x 38 mm
In this collection of seventeen essays, written by some of the most eminent figures in the field, the cities of Rome and New Rome - as Constantinople was often called - get a thorough going-over ... The results revolutionize how we should understand Rome and Constantinople, as well as the relationship between them. * Peter Frankopan, Times Literary Supplement *
A thoughtful, valuable, and useful introduction to a new field of study. Highly recommended. * CHOICE *
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 *
It is a truly impressive achievement. Not only are its contributions of high quality throughout, offering fresh insights and thought-provoking discussions on aspects ranging from waterways to visual aesthetics, from housing, elite cultures and linguistic tastes to the political topography, from church councils to public processions of the Old and the New (or Second) Rome; but, as a whole, the complementary chapters are also of a coherence which is highly remarkable
for such conference volumes. * Muriel Moser, Historisches Seminar, Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt am Main *
essential reading for anyone with an academic or enthusiast's interest in the history of Byzantium ... Seriously stimulating. * Adrian Spooner, Classics for All *