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

Diliana N. Angelova

Edité par University of California Press, United States, 2015
ISBN 10: 0520284011 / ISBN 13: 9780520284012
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Titre : Sacred Founders: Women, Men, and Gods in the...

Éditeur : University of California Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2015

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. 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 environment - helped 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. N° de réf. du libraire AAZ9780520284012

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Synopsis : 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.

A propos de l'auteur: Diliana N. Angelova is Assistant Professor of Early Christian and Byzantine Art at the University of California, Berkeley.

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