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Eternal Victory: Triumphal Rulership In Late Antiquity, Byzantium, And The Early Medieval West Michael McCormick

Eternal Victory: Triumphal Rulership In Late Antiquity, Byzantium, And The Early Medieval West

Michael McCormick

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ISBN : 9780521261807
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474 pages
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As the Roman empire declined and fell, contemporary glorification of the emperors triumphal rulership reached new heights, strewing traces of the empires perennial victory across the physical and mental landscape of late antiquity. In this, theMoreAs the Roman empire declined and fell, contemporary glorification of the emperors triumphal rulership reached new heights, strewing traces of the empires perennial victory across the physical and mental landscape of late antiquity. In this, the first comprehensive study of how a great imperial ceremony actually developed and how it influenced both the eastern and western heirs to the Roman legacy, the Roman triumphs resurgence and afterlife is documented from the Tetrarchy to the end of the Macedonian dynasty in Byzantium and to Charlemagnes successors in the early medieval West. This perspective shows that celebrations of the rulers victory experienced unceasing change in ritual form and content and that these changes mirrored broader trends in the development of society and the monarchy. At the same time, it casts new light on the late Roman origins of the trappings of early medieval kingship. Far from the imperial capital, the cult of triumphal rulership permeated local elites, as commanders in the provinces imitated the supreme victor by staging triumphs of their own, and the new Germanic kings followed suit. Classicists, medievalists, Byzantinists, specialists of art and ritual will find here new data and approaches to a central problem in the transformation of the Roman Empire which culminated in the new civilization by Byzantium and the Germanic Kingdoms.