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Constantine : dynasty, religion and power in the later Roman Empire /
Timothy Barnes.
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Chichester, West Sussex ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
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xiii, 266 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
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1405117273 (hbk. : alk. paper), 9781405117272 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Chichester, West Sussex ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
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1405117273 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9781405117272 (hbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
The soldier and the stable-girl -- Constantine, the ruins of Babylon, and the court of Pharaoh -- The road to Rome -- Brothers-in-law -- The transformation of the East -- Dynastic politics after the Council of Nicaea -- Appendix 1: The career of Lactantius -- Appendix 2: Galerius' Sarmatian victories -- Appendix 3: The Panegyrici Latini and Constantine -- Appendix 4: Eusebius, On Easter (De Solemnitate Paschali) -- Appendix 5: Nicagoras in Egypt -- Appendix 6: Praxagoras of Athens -- Appendix 7: An anonymous panegyric of Constantine.
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7664260
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [226]-253) and index.
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
PSP Prose Awards, USA, 2011 : Nominated
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-01-01:
The "Ancient Lives" series, to which this monograph on Constantine is the most recent addition, purports to make ancient biography accessible by moving away from the typical "abstract and analytical" accounts of most scholarly writing. Barnes (emer., Univ. of Toronto), a recognized scholar of both ancient Rome and Constantine, has produced a detailed biography of that emperor that is, conversely, a paradigm of analytical (and abstract) scholarship. Although basing his arguments extensively on primary documents (the writings of the Christians Lactantius and Eusebius, as well as the anti-Christian epigrammatist Palladas), the author is clearly conversant with the epigraphical, numismatic, and artistic evidence. He deftly constructs his biography, always alerting readers to his underlying assumptions, the strengths and limitations of the evidence, and the ways the evidence has been used in both the ancient and modern worlds (Barnes's historiographical survey of Constantinian scholarship is, for example, magisterial). He accomplishes this, inescapably, at the price of "accessibility"--if that term means that general readers or lower-division undergraduates can pick up this account and easily follow it. With that one caveat, this biography is both scholarly and indispensable. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. T. Ingoglia Felician College
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"Barnes hypothesis, that Constantine pursued aggressively Christian policies, is sustained through a point-by-point summation of four decades of scholarship, and vindicated by the latest innovative research. This is a powerful, polemical, and persuasive book." Paul Stephenson, University of Durham Thirty years after Constantine and Eusebius, Tim Barnes has rejoined the fray of Constantinian studies. Armed with fresh evidence and characteristic vigor, blending biography, politics, and religion, Barnes has once again set the agenda for debate on topics central to the history of the later Roman world. Dennis Trout, University of Missouri
"I would recommend a careful reading of this book to anyone who wants to discover what we really know about Constantine." ( Open House , 1 April 2012) "Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above." (Choice, 1 January 2012)
"I would recommend a careful reading of this book to anyone who wants to discover what we really know about Constantine." ( Open House , 1 April 2012) "Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above." (Choice, 1 January 2012) "Barnes' hypothesis, that Constantine pursued aggressively Christian policies, is sustained through a point-by-point summation of four decades of scholarship, and vindicated by the latest innovative research. This is a powerful, polemical, and persuasive book." Paul Stephenson, University of Durham "Thirty years after Constantine and Eusebius, Tim Barnes has rejoined the fray of Constantinian studies. Armed with fresh evidence and characteristic vigor, blending biography, politics, and religion, Barnes has once again set the agenda for debate on topics central to the history of the later Roman world." Dennis Trout, University of Missouri
"Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above." (Choice, 1 January 2012)
"Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above." (Choice, 1 January 2012) "Barnes' hypothesis, that Constantine pursued aggressively Christian policies, is sustained through a point-by-point summation of four decades of scholarship, and vindicated by the latest innovative research. This is a powerful, polemical, and persuasive book." Paul Stephenson, University of Durham Thirty years after Constantine and Eusebius, Tim Barnes has rejoined the fray of Constantinian studies. Armed with fresh evidence and characteristic vigor, blending biography, politics, and religion, Barnes has once again set the agenda for debate on topics central to the history of the later Roman world. Dennis Trout, University of Missouri
"This fine book is a significant achievement in a fertile era of Constantinian studies." ( Ecclesiastical History , 1 July 2013) "I would recommend a careful reading of this book to anyone who wants to discover what we really know about Constantine." ( Open House , 1 April 2012) "Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above." (Choice, 1 January 2012)
"This fine book is a significant achievement in a fertile era of Constantinian studies." ( Ecclesiastical History , 1 July 2013) "I would recommend a careful reading of this book to anyone who wants to discover what we really know about Constantine." ( Open House , 1 April 2012) "Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above." (Choice, 1 January 2012) "Barnes' hypothesis, that Constantine pursued aggressively Christian policies, is sustained through a point-by-point summation of four decades of scholarship, and vindicated by the latest innovative research. This is a powerful, polemical, and persuasive book." Paul Stephenson, University of Durham "Thirty years after Constantine and Eusebius, Tim Barnes has rejoined the fray of Constantinian studies. Armed with fresh evidence and characteristic vigor, blending biography, politics, and religion, Barnes has once again set the agenda for debate on topics central to the history of the later Roman world." Dennis Trout, University of Missouri
"Barnes' hypothesis, that Constantine pursued aggressively Christian policies, is sustained through a point-by-point summation of four decades of scholarship, and vindicated by the latest innovative research. This is a powerful, polemical, and persuasive book." Paul Stephenson, University of Durham Thirty years after Constantine and Eusebius, Tim Barnes has rejoined the fray of Constantinian studies. Armed with fresh evidence and characteristic vigor, blending biography, politics, and religion, Barnes has once again set the agenda for debate on topics central to the history of the later Roman world. Dennis Trout, University of Missouri
“Barnes' hypothesis, that Constantine pursued aggressively Christian policies, is sustained through a point-by-point summation of four decades of scholarship, and vindicated by the latest innovative research. This is a powerful, polemical, and persuasive book.” Paul Stephenson, University of Durham Thirty years after Constantine and Eusebius, Tim Barnes has rejoined the fray of Constantinian studies. Armed with fresh evidence and characteristic vigor, blending biography, politics, and religion, Barnes has once again set the agenda for debate on topics central to the history of the later Roman world. Dennis Trout, University of Missouri
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Depictions of Constantine and his actions vary widely; portrayals range from pious Catholic emperor as depicted by Cardinal Baronius in the 16th century, to the 19th century Hegelian interpretation of Constantine as a Roman Napoleon. Barnes argues, however, that very few modern representations of Constantine are based on an evaluation of ancient evidence, and instead reflect the predilections of their creators. In this new and exciting investigation into Constantine, Barnes develops his interpretation of the emperor first set out in his Constantine and Eusebius (1981). Barnes is now able to strengthen his arguments and conclusions in light of the emergence of new evidence. This includes Peter Weiss's convincing interpretation of the vision of Constantine in 1993, and Kevin Wilkinson's re-dating of the poet Palladas to the reign of Constantine, disproving the predominant scholarly belief that Constantine remained tolerant in matters of religion to the end of his reign, as had been widely assumed before 2009. Barnes also investigates the marriage of Constantine's parents, Constantine's status as a crown prince and his father's legitimate heir, and his dynastic plans.
Main Description
Drawing on recent scholarly advances and new evidence, Timothy Barnes offers a fresh and exciting study of Constantine and his life. First study of Constantine to make use of Kevin Wilkinson's re-dating of the poet Palladas to the reign of Constantine, disproving the predominant scholarly belief that Constantine remained tolerant in matters of religion to the end of his reign Clearly sets out the problems associated with depictions of Constantine and answers them with great clarity Includes Barnes' own research into the marriage of Constantine's parents, Constantine's status as a crown prince and his father's legitimate heir, and his dynastic plans
Main Description
Drawing on recent scholarly advances and new evidence, Timothy Barnes offers a fresh and exciting study of Constantine and his life. First study of Constantine to make use of Kevin Wilkinson’s re-dating of the poet Palladas to the reign of Constantine, disproving the predominant scholarly belief that Constantine remained tolerant in matters of religion to the end of his reign Clearly sets out the problems associated with depictions of Constantine and answers them with great clarity Includes Barnes’ own research into the marriage of Constantine’s parents, Constantine’s status as a crown prince and his father’s legitimate heir, and his dynastic plans
Main Description
Drawing on recent scholarly advances and new evidence, Timothy Barnes offers a fresh and exciting study of Constantine and his life. First study of Constantine to make use of Kevin Wilkinson's re-dating of the poet Palladas to the reign of Constantine, disproving the predominant scholarly belief that Constantine remained tolerant in matters of religion to the end of his reign Clearly sets out the problems associated with depictions of Constantine and answers them with great clarity Includes Barnes' own research into the marriage of Constantine's parents, Constantine's status as a crown prince and his father's legitimate heir, and his dynastic plans Honorable Mention for 2011 Classics & Ancient History PROSE award granted by the Association of American Publishers#60;/li>
Main Description
Drawing on recent scholarly advances and new evidence, Timothy Barnes offers a fresh and exciting study of Constantine and his life. First study of Constantine to make use of Kevin Wilkinson's re-dating of the poet Palladas to the reign of Constantine, disproving the predominant scholarly belief that Constantine remained tolerant in matters of religion to the end of his reign Clearly sets out the problems associated with depictions of Constantine and answers them with great clarity Includes Barnes' own research into the marriage of Constantine's parents, Constantine's status as a crown prince and his father's legitimate heir, and his dynastic plans Honorable Mention for 2011 Classics & Ancient History PROSE award granted by the Association of American Publishers
Table of Contents
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
Official Lies and the ?Constantinian Question?
The Progress of Historical Research
Contemporary Perspectives on Constantine
Coins, Inscriptions and Monuments
The Soldier and the Stable-Girl
The Social Status of Helena
The Marriage of Constantine?s Parents
Constantius? Second Wife
The Later Life of Helena
Constantine, the Ruins of Babylon and the Court of Pharaoh
The Diocletianic Tetrarchy (293-305)
The Appointment of New Emperors
Constantine in the East (293-305)
The Dynastic Coup of 305
The Road to Rome
Constantine?s Recognition as a Legitimate Emperor
Politics and Warfare 306-310
The Vision of Constantine
The Invasion of Italy
Constantine in Rome and Christmas 312
Constantinian Churches in Rome
Annex: The Legal Status of Constantine, 306-311
Brothers-in-Law
Constantine and Licinius in Milan
Was there an ?Edict of Milan??
Towards War
From Cibalae (316) to Chrysopolis (324)
The Transformation of the East
The Foundation of Constantinople
An Imperial Sermon
The Council of Nicaea
A Christian Capital for a Christian Roman Empire
Pro-Christian Legislation
Constantine and Ecclesiastical Politics
East and West in the Fourth Century
Dynastic Politics after the Council of Nicaea
The Deaths of Crispus and Fausta
A Third Wife for Constantine?
The Organisation of the Empire
Constantine?s Dynastic Plans
An Astrologer?s Praise of Constantine
Epilogue
Tables A. Marriage Alliances and Children: Members of the Imperial College 293-311
B. Children and Grandchildren of Constantius, the Father of Constantine
C. The Dynastic Marriages of 335 and 336
Appendices 1. The Career of Lactantius
Galerius? Sarmatian Victories
The Panegyrici Latini and Constantine
Eusebius, On Easter (De Solemnitate Paschali)
Nicagoras in Egypt
Praxagoras of Athens
An Anonymous Panegyric of Constantine Notes
Bibliography
Index
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