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Less of the same? Continuity and change in the official epigraphy of the late empire

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Simon Corcoran


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This essay illustrates changes in official epigraphy in the later Roman empire, principally through the prism of the physical remains of public pronouncements, which remained prominent in the urban landscape until the epigraphic collapse of the seventh century. While the emperor and his officials appear more proactive, this does not entirely replace the impetus of petitioners, although the civic prominence of the Principate comes to be supplanted by ecclesiastical participation. Imperial titulature remains conservative for a long time, but there are subtle shifts from Constantine onwards, even if Christianization only becomes fully explicit in the sixth century. Finally, Greek comes to dominate, with only vestigial Latin.

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Author(s): Corcoran S

Editor(s): Destephen,S; Dumézil,B; Ingelbert,H;

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Le Prince chrétien de Constantin aux royautés barbares (iv-viii siècle)

Year: 2018

Pages: 3-27

Print publication date: 31/12/2018

Acceptance date: 22/07/2018

Series Title: Travaux et mémoires 22/2

Publisher: Association des Amis du Centre d’Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance

Place Published: Paris, France


Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9782916716664