Emperors and Usurpers in the Later Roman Empire

Emperors and Usurpers in the Later Roman Empire

Civil War, Panegyric, and the Construction of Legitimacy

Omissi, Adrastos

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Frontmatter List of Figures List of Abbreviations Typographical Note PART I I: Usurpation, Legitimacy, and the Roman Empire I.1: Why usurpation?: the problem of the imperial succession I.2: 'This litany of manifest usurpers and rebellious generals': why had the imperial succession become so unstable by the third century? I.3: 'The difference between a tyrant and a king is one of deeds, not of name': how was usurpation understood in the late Roman Empire? I.4: 'Let these things go unspoken': usurpation and modern research II: Usurpation, Legitimacy, and Panegyric II.1: Known unknowns, and unknown unknowns: how to use panegyric as a source II.2: 'In which I would tell many lies': who dictated the content of panegyric? II.3: 'And would be viewed with favour by those who knew them to be such': panegyric, audience, and influence II.4: Propaganda and power PART II III: A House Divided Against Itself IV: 'At last Roman, at last restored to the true light of Empire': Dyarchy, Tetrarchy, and the Fall of the British Empire of Carausius IV.1: Birthing the late Roman state: dyarchs, tetrarchs, and a new language of power IV.2: Emperors and bandits: the British Empire under Carausius and Allectus V: Tyranny and Betrayal: Constantine, Maximian, Maxentius, and Licinius V.1: Constantine's usurpation: Constantine, Galerius, and Maximian V.2: The tyrannus: Maxentius and the rewards of civil war V.3: Notable by his absence: Licinius and the rise of the Constantinian dynasty VI: Tyranny and Blood: Constantius, Constans, Magnentius, and Vetranio VI.1: Smiling for the cameras: the sons of Constantine, 337-50 VI.2: The son of the father: Constantius the tyrant-slayer VII: Usurper, Propaganda, History: The Emperor Julian VII.1: The voice of a usurper: Julian's rise to power VII.2: Bleaching the stains: Julian's sole rule VIII: Panegyric and Apology: The Accession of Jovian and the Usurpation of Procopius VIII.1: The need for victory: Jovian and the demands of imperial rhetoric VIII.2: The enemy inside: Valentinian, Valens, and Procopius VIII.3: 'He who sought rule for himself behind the cloak of a little boy': the usurpation of Valentinian II IX: Dismembering the House of Valentinian: The Usurpation of Theodosius and the War with Magnus Maximus IX.1: 'And nobly he made the vote his own': the usurpation of Theodosius IX.2: Divided loyalties: the usurpation of Magnus Maximus X: Crisis and Transformation: Imperial Power in the Fifth Century XI: Conclusion: Those Made Tyrants by the Victory of Others Appendix I: The Panegyrics Appendix II: Quantifying Usurpation: Notes to Accompany Figure I.2 Endmatter Bibliography Index