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Envoys and political communication in the late antique West, 411-533 /
Andrew Gillett.
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Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
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xvii, 335 p. : maps ; 23 cm.
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0521813492 :
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Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
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0521813492 :
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4988306
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 294-319) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Andrew Gillett is Research Fellow in the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney.
Reviews
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Review of the hardback: '... Gillet has produced an extremely learned and engaging study that deserves a very warm welcome from everyone interested in the transformation of the Roman world and the emergence of the early Middle Ages. It is lucid, fully documented, and it lays a very strong basis for any further research in the field.' Scripta Classica Israelica
"The great strength of this book is precisely that Gillett's topic does not confine him to a single event or set of documents. The result is that it overturns comfortable assumptions about the prevalence of political communication in this period. Gillett has demolised the cheif one, that is rarely occurred, and has put forth an important corollary: if political communication was, in fact, more common than assumed, then scholars have also erred by assigning too much importance to embassies that do receive mention in the sources...There is less chance taht this mistake will be made in the future, thanks to this book." - H.A. Drake, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Not only a very scholarly book, but one which is remarkable for the clarity and thoughtfulness of its subject matter and approach." - Mouseion David F. Buck, University of Prince Edward Island
Review of the hardback: 'Envoys and Political Communication is a valuable study both of the important role that embassies played in the Late Antique world and of the literary sources from which our evidence for those embassies derives. The stated aim of the book was to make 'a significant contribution to the developing field of ancient and medieval communication'. This Gillett has certainly achieved.' English Historical Review
..."well produced in every way...Ýa¨ most useful contribution to the political history of a complicated if not badly documented era...a worthy publication." Edward N. Luttwak, Center for Strategic and International Studies
"...well produced in every way...[a] most useful contribution to the political history of a complicated if not badly documented era...a worthy publication." Edward N. Luttwak, Center for Strategic and International Studies
'... Gillet has produced an extremely learned and engaging study that deserves a very warm welcome from everyone interested in the transformation of the Roman world and the emergence of the early Middle Ages. It is lucid, fully documented, and it lays a very strong basis for any further research in the field.' Scripta Classica Israelica
"ÝA¨ well written and most useful contribution." Bryn Mawr Classical Review
'Envoys and Political Communication is a valuable study both of the important role that embassies played in the Late Antique world and of the literary sources from which our evidence for those embassies derives. The stated aim of the book was to make 'a significant contribution to the developing field of ancient and medieval communication'. This Gillett has certainly achieved.' English Historical Review
" [A] well written and most useful contribution." Bryn Mawr Classical Review
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Summaries
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Warfare and dislocation are obvious features of the break-up of the late Roman West, but this crucial period of change was characterized also by communication and diplomacy. The great events of the late antique West were determined by the quieter labours of countless envoys, who travelled between emperors, kings, generals, high officials, bishops, provincial councils, and cities. This book examines the role of envoys in the period from the establishment of the first 'barbarian kingdoms' in the West, to the eve of Justinian's wars of re-conquest. It shows how ongoing practices of Roman imperial administration shaped new patterns of political interaction in the novel context of the earliest medieval states. Close analysis of sources with special interest in embassies offers insight into a variety of genres: chronicles, panegyrics, hagiographies, letters and epitaph. This study makes a significant contribution to the developing field of ancient and medieval communications.
Main Description
Examining the role of envoys from the establishment of the first "barbarian kingdoms" in the West, to the eve of Justinian's wars of reconquest, this study reveals how Roman imperial administration influenced new patterns of political interaction in the earliest medieval states. Close analysis of sources with special interest in embassies offers insight into a variety of genres: chronicles, panegyrics, hagiographies, letters, and epitaphs. The study will make a significant contribution to the developing field of ancient and medieval communication.
Description for Bookstore
This book examines the role of envoys in the period from the establishment of the first 'barbarian kingdoms' in the West, to the eve of Justinian's wars of reconquest. It shows how ongoing practices of Roman imperial administration shaped new patterns of political interaction in the novel context of the earliest medieval states. Close analysis of sources with special interest in embassies offers insight into a variety of genres: chronicles, panegyrics, hagiographies, letters, and epitaph. This study makes a significant contribution to the developing field of ancient and medieval communication.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Beginning with a description of the status of embassies and political communications towards the end of the Roman Empire, Andrew Gillett's analysis of diplomatic communication in the period of the 'fall of Rome' focuses on the role of envoys.
Description for Bookstore
This book examines the role of envoys in the period from the establishment of the first 'barbarian kingdoms' in the West, to the eve of Justinian's wars of reconquest. It makes a significant contribution to the developing field of ancient and medieval communication.
Table of Contents
List of tablesp. vii
Prefacep. ix
List of abbreviationsp. xi
Chronological tablep. xviii
Mapsp. xxiii
Embassies and Political Communication in the Post-Imperial Westp. 1
Introductionp. 1
The framework and conventions of embassies in the classical worldp. 11
Classical Greecep. 11
Republican and imperial Romep. 17
Contemporary perspectivesp. 26
The Provincial View of Hydatiusp. 36
Hydatius and embassiesp. 37
Patterns of contactp. 53
Gallaecian provincials and imperial and royal authoritiesp. 55
Sueves and external affairsp. 63
Vandal diplomacyp. 67
Multiple embassiesp. 70
A model of political communication in the barbarian kingdomsp. 73
The Hero as Envoy: Sidonius Apollinaris' Panegyric on Avitusp. 84
The circumstances of the Panegyricp. 87
Panegyric and propagandap. 91
Themes and plot of Panegyricp. 94
The portrayal of the envoyp. 108
The Saint as Envoy: Fifth- and Sixth-Century Latin Bishops' Livesp. 113
The embassy of Pope Leo I to Attilap. 114
'The hero worn out by his labours': Constantius, Life of Germanus of Auxerrep. 115
The Lives of Orientius of Auch and Vivianus of Saintesp. 138
Orientius of Auchp. 138
Vivianus of Saintesp. 143
'Author of concord': Ennodius, Life of Epiphanius of Paviap. 148
Cassiodorus and Senariusp. 172
Diplomatic correspondence in the Variae of Cassiodorusp. 174
Senarius, 'Ceaseless wayfarer of the world'p. 190
Negotium Agendump. 220
Prescriptive accounts of receptionsp. 222
De ceremoniis aulae Byzantinaep. 222
Pope Hormisdas, Indiculip. 227
Descriptive accounts: personnel and protocolp. 230
Selectionp. 231
Accommodation and transportationp. 238
Patrons, friends, and loversp. 243
Stages of reception, audience, and departurep. 244
Court personnelp. 249
Ceremonialp. 251
Ius gentiump. 259
Justinian's wars and afterp. 263
New terminologyp. 265
Embassy narratives from Merovingian Gaulp. 267
Municipal embassies in the sixth centuryp. 269
Conclusionp. 273
Chronology of Constantius, Vita Germanip. 278
Chronology of the life of Epiphanius of Paviap. 284
Senarius' Letters of Appointment: Cassiodorus, Variae IV, 3 and 4p. 286
The text of Senarius' Epitaphp. 290
Note on editions, commentaries, and translations of major sourcesp. 291
Bibliographyp. 294
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