By Johannes Wienand
Contested Monarchy reappraises the wide-ranging and lasting transformation of the Roman monarchy among the Principate and past due Antiquity. The booklet takes as its concentration the century from Diocletian to Theodosius I (284-395), a interval in which the soundness of monarchical rule depended seriously at the emperors mobility, on collegial or dynastic rule, and at the army solution of inner political crises. while, profound non secular adjustments transformed the premises of political interplay and symbolic verbal exchange among the emperor and his topics, and administrative and armed forces readjustments replaced the institutional foundations of the Roman monarchy. This quantity concentrates at the measures taken by way of emperors of this era to deal with the altering framework in their rule. the gathering examines monarchy alongside 3 certain but intertwined fields: Administering the Empire, appearing the Monarchy, and Balancing non secular switch. each one box possesses its personal historiography and technique, and therefore has often been handled individually. This volumes multifaceted process builds on contemporary scholarship and tendencies to envision imperial rule in a extra built-in style. With new paintings from quite a lot of foreign students, Contested Monarchy bargains a clean survey of the position of the Roman monarchy in a interval of vital and enduring swap.
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The dynastic principle was an important means of organizing imperial succession from the earliest phase of the Roman monarchy onward. However, the principle of dynastic succession competed with the meritocratic principle throughout the Principate. Börm argues that the rule of Constantine marked an important change in this respect. Constantine’s focus on the dynastic principle resulted from the need to outweigh the normative force of Tetrarchic ideology. Therefore, the idea of a hereditary monarchy was spelled out explicitly and in great detail in the panegyrics, in Eusebius, and also later in the writings of the emperor Julian.
However, the principle of dynastic succession competed with the meritocratic principle throughout the Principate. Börm argues that the rule of Constantine marked an important change in this respect. Constantine’s focus on the dynastic principle resulted from the need to outweigh the normative force of Tetrarchic ideology. Therefore, the idea of a hereditary monarchy was spelled out explicitly and in great detail in the panegyrics, in Eusebius, and also later in the writings of the emperor Julian.
Contested Monarchy: Integrating the Roman Empire in the Fourth Century AD by Johannes Wienand