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Sacred Founders : Women, Men, and Gods in the Discourse of Imperial Founding, Rome Through Early

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Diliana Angelova argues that from the time of Augustus through early Byzantium, a discourse of sacred founders”articulated in artwork, literature, imperial honors, and the built environmenthelped legitimize the authority of the emperor and his family. The discourse coalesced around the central idea, bound to a myth of origins, that imperial men and women were sacred founders of the land, mirror images of the empire’s divine founders. When Constantine and his formidable mother Helena established a new capital for the Roman Empire, they initiated the Christian transformation of this discourse by brilliantly reformulating the founding myth. Over time, this transformation empowered imperial women, strengthened the cult of the Virgin Mary, fueled contests between church and state, and provoked an arresting synthesis of imperial and Christian art. Sacred Founders presents a bold interpretive framework that unearths deep continuities between the ancient and medieval worlds, recovers a forgotten transformation in female imperial power, and offers a striking reinterpretation of early Christian art
Sacred Founders argues that from the time of Augustus through early Byzantium, a discourse of "sacred founders"?articulated in artwork, literature, imperial honors, and the built environment?helped legitimate the authority of the emperor and his family. The central idea around which the discourse coalesced is that imperial men and women were sacred founders of the land, mirror images of the empire?s divine founders. By establishing a new capital for the Roman Empire, Constantine and his formidable mother, Helena, initiated the Christian transformation of this discourse. Over time this transformation empowered imperial women, transformed the cult of the Virgin Mary, fueled contests between church and state, and provoked an arresting synthesis of imperial and Christian art. With balanced analysis, Angelova presents a fresh argument about the symbolic logic of Roman rule and uncovers forgotten legacies that profoundly shaped the Christian era.
Number of Pages: 434.0
Genre: History, Art
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Author: Diliana N. Angelova
Language: English
Street Date: September 2, 2015
TCIN: 17003582
UPC: 9780520284012
Item Number (DPCI): 247-44-2815

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