Theodosian Empresses

Women and Imperial Dominion in Late Antiquity
Author: Kenneth G. Holum
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520909700
Category: History
Page: 325
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Theodosian Empresses sets a series of compelling women on the stage of history and offers new insights into the eastern court in the fifth century.

Rome's Christian Empress

Galla Placidia Rules at the Twilight of the Empire
Author: Joyce E. Salisbury
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421417006
Category: History
Page: 248
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In Rome’s Christian Empress, Joyce E. Salisbury brings the captivating story of Rome’s Christian empress to life. The daughter of Roman emperor Theodosius I, Galla Placidia lived at the center of imperial Roman power during the first half of the fifth century. Taken hostage after the fall of Rome to the Goths, she was married to the king and, upon his death, to a Roman general. The rare woman who traveled throughout Italy, Gaul, and Spain, she eventually returned to Rome, where her young son was crowned as the emperor of the western Roman provinces. Placidia served as his regent, ruling the Roman Empire and the provinces for twenty years. Salisbury restores this influential, too-often forgotten woman to the center stage of this crucial period. Describing Galla Placidia’s life from childhood to death while detailing the political and military developments that influenced her—and that she influenced in turn—the book relies on religious and political sources to weave together a narrative that combines social, cultural, political, and theological history. The Roman world changed dramatically during Placidia’s rule: the Empire became Christian, barbarian tribes settled throughout the West, and Rome began its unmistakable decline. But during her long reign, Placidia wielded formidable power. She fended off violent invaders and usurpers who challenged her Theodosian dynasty; presided over the dawn of the Catholic Church as theological controversies split the faithful and church practices and holidays were established; and spent fortunes building churches and mosaics that incorporated prominent images of herself and her family. Compulsively readable, Rome’s Christian Empress is the first full-length work to give this fascinating and complex ruler her due.

Mary in Early Christian Faith and Devotion


Author: Stephen J. Shoemaker
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300217218
Category: Church history
Page: 304
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For the first time a noted historian of Christianity explores the full story of the emergence and development of the Marian cult in the early Christian centuries. The means by which Mary, mother of Jesus, came to prominence have long remained strangely overlooked despite, or perhaps because of, her centrality in Christian devotion. Gathering together fresh information from often neglected sources, including early liturgical texts and Dormition and Assumption apocrypha, Stephen Shoemaker reveals that Marian devotion played a far more vital role in the development of early Christian belief and practice than has been previously recognized, finding evidence that dates back to the latter half of the second century. Through extensive research, the author is able to provide a fascinating background to the hitherto inexplicable "explosion" of Marian devotion that historians and theologians have pondered for decades, offering a wide-ranging study that challenges many conventional beliefs surrounding the subject of Mary, Mother of God.

Zwischen Polemik Und Panegyrik

Frauen Des Kaiserhauses Und Herrscherinnen Des Ostens in Den Res Gestae Des Ammianus Marcellinus
Author: Anja Wieber-Scariot
Publisher: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag
ISBN: 9783884763469
Category: Empresses
Page: 464
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Grenzen der Macht

zur Rolle der römischen Kaiserfrauen
Author: Christiane Kunst,Ulrike Riemer
Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag
ISBN: 9783515078191
Category: History
Page: 174
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Papers presented at a conference held at the University of Potsdam, Oct. 8-9, 1999.

Imperial Rome AD 284 to 363


Author: Jill Harries
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748653953
Category: History
Page: 384
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This book is about the reinvention of the Roman Empire during the eighty years between the accession of Diocletian and the death of Julian.

Byzantine Images and their Afterlives

Essays in Honor of Annemarie Weyl Carr
Author: Professor Lynn Jones
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409442918
Category: Art
Page: 294
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The twelve papers written for this volume reflect the wide scope of Annemarie Weyl Carr’s interests and the equally wide impact of her career. They are linked by Carr’s expansive body of work, which ties together issues of patronage, production and influence across the medieval Mediterranean. The volume examines influences in manuscript production and reception, imperial patronage, relics and reliquaries, form and style in Cypriot architecture and icons, and the relationship between original and copy in medieval art.

Proclus of Constantinopole and the Cult of the Virgin in Late Antiquity

homilies 1-5, texts and translations
Author: Nicholas Constas
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004126120
Category: Religion
Page: 450
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The critical editions and English translations of five homilies by Proclus of Constantinople (390-446) provide the centerpiece for this richly documented study of the rise of the Virgin's cult in Late Antiquity.

Papers Presented to the 10th International Conference on Patristic Studies Held in Oxford, 1987: Historica, theologica, gnostica, Biblica, et Apocrypha


Author: Elizabeth A. Livingstone
Publisher: Peeters Publishers
ISBN: 9789068312317
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 405
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Papers presented at the Tenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 1987 (see also Studia Patristica 20, 21, 22 and 23). The successive sets of Studia Patristica contain papers delivered at the International Conferences on Patristic Studies, which meet for a week once every four years in Oxford; they are held under the aegis of the Theology Faculty of the University. Members of these conferences come from all over the world and most offer papers. These range over the whole field, both East and West, from the second century to a section on the Nachleben of the Fathers. The majority are short papers dealing with some small and manageable point; they raise and sometimes resolve questions about the authenticity of documents, dates of events, and such like, and some unveil new texts. The smaller number of longer papers put such matters into context and indicate wider trends. The whole reflects the state of Patristic scholarship and demonstrates the vigour and popularity of the subject.

Apex Omnium

Religion in the Res Gestae of Ammianus
Author: R. L. Rike
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520058583
Category: Religion
Page: 150
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The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity


Author: Scott Fitzgerald Johnson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199996334
Category: History
Page: 1296
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The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity offers an innovative overview of a period (c. 300-700 CE) that has become increasingly central to scholarly debates over the history of western and Middle Eastern civilizations. This volume covers such pivotal events as the fall of Rome, the rise of Christianity, the origins of Islam, and the early formation of Byzantium and the European Middle Ages. These events are set in the context of widespread literary, artistic, cultural, and religious change during the period. The geographical scope of this Handbook is unparalleled among comparable surveys of Late Antiquity; Arabia, Egypt, Central Asia, and the Balkans all receive dedicated treatments, while the scope extends to the western kingdoms, and North Africa in the West. Furthermore, from economic theory and slavery to Greek and Latin poetry, Syriac and Coptic literature, sites of religious devotion, and many others, this Handbook covers a wide range of topics that will appeal to scholars from a diverse array of disciplines. The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity engages the perennially valuable questions about the end of the ancient world and the beginning of the medieval, while providing a much-needed touchstone for the study of Late Antiquity itself.

From Rome to Byzantium AD 363 to 565


Author: A. D Lee
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748668357
Category: History
Page: 360
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A. D. Lee charts the significant developments which marked the transformation of Ancient Rome into medieval Byzantium.

Byzantium and the Arabs in the Sixth Century


Author: Irfan Shahîd
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780884023470
Category: Arabs
Page: 391
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This fourth installment of Byzantium and the Arabs in the Sixth Century resumes the previous volume's discussion of the Ghassanids by examining their economic, social, and cultural history. First, Irfan Shahîd focuses on the economy of the Ghassanids and presents information on various trade routes and fairs. Second, the author reconstructs Ghassanid daily life by discussing topics as varied as music, food, medicine, the role of women, and horse racing. Shahîd concludes the volume with an examination of cultural life, including descriptions of urbanization, Arabic script, chivalry, and poetry. Throughout the volume, the author reveals the history of a fully developed and unique Christian-Arab culture. Shahîd exhaustively describes the society of the Ghassanids, and their contributions to the cultural environment that persisted in Oriens during the sixth century and continued into the period of the Umayyad caliphate.

Medievalia et Humanistica, No. 34

Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Culture
Author: Paul Maurice Clogan
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 9780742564886
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 224
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Since its founding in 1943, Medievalia et Humanistica has won worldwide recognition as the first scholarly publication in America to devote itself entirely to medieval and Renaissance studies. Since 1970, a new series, sponsored by the Modern Language Association of America and edited by an international board of distinguished scholars and critics, has published interdisciplinary articles. In yearly hardcover volumes, the new series publishes significant scholarship, criticism, and reviews treating all facets of medieval and Renaissance culture: history, art, literature, music, science, law, economics, and philosophy. Medievalia et Humanistica Editorial Board and Submissions Guidelines

Golden Mouth

The Story of John Chrysostom - Ascetic, Preacher, Bishop
Author: J. N. D. Kelly
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801485732
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 310
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"No other author has delved so deeply into the life and work of this complex, influential, and tragic figure of the fourth century and produced such a far-ranging but precise, solidly researched, and eminently readable account. . . . Chrysostom emerges as a sympathetic and tragic figure of great integrity, whose human failings contributed and perhaps led to his downfall. . . . Kelly has used a careful analysis of many of John's writings and sermons to present new insights and to confirm details of Chrysostom's life previously considered doubtful; his comments and summaries stimulate one to turn to the originals. Those who are interested in Chrysostom or in this historical period must read this book."—Catholic Historical Review "A rewarding . . . read as well as a rich mine of historical information. . . . [The book] is peppered with new, revisionist insights about . . . Chrysostom's life."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review"A monumental achievement, which examines with fairness and thoroughness both the primary sources and continuing scholarship on John and his often-stormy episcopacy in Constantinople."—Christian Century

Encyclopedia of Early Christianity


Author: Everett Ferguson
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780815333197
Category: Reference
Page: 1213
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First published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.