Envoys and Political Communication in the Late Antique West, 411–533

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Cambridge University Press, 28 авг. 2003 г.
Warfare and dislocation are obvious features of the break-up of the late Roman West, but this crucial period of change was characterized also by communication and diplomacy. The great events of the late antique West were determined by the quieter labours of countless envoys, who travelled between emperors, kings, generals, high officials, bishops, provincial councils, and cities. This book examines the role of envoys in the period from the establishment of the first 'barbarian kingdoms' in the West, to the eve of Justinian's wars of re-conquest. It shows how ongoing practices of Roman imperial administration shaped new patterns of political interaction in the novel context of the earliest medieval states. Close analysis of sources with special interest in embassies offers insight into a variety of genres: chronicles, panegyrics, hagiographies, letters and epitaph. This study makes a significant contribution to the developing field of ancient and medieval communications.
 

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As a whole, I found Gillett’s argument to be persuasive, especially in regard to the ubiquity of embassies in Late Antiquity and to the level of prestige accorded to envoys. The thesis seems a little ... Читать весь отзыв

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Chapter 2 THE PROVINCIAL VIEW OF HYDATIUS
36
SIDONIUS APOLLINARIS PANEGYRIC ON AVITUS
84
FIFTH AND SIXTHCENTURY LATIN BISHOPS LIVES
113
Chapter 5 CASSIODORUS AND SENARIUS
172
Chapter 6 NEGOTIUM AGENDUM
220
CONCLUSION
273
Appendix I CHRONOLOGY OF CONSTANTIUS VITA GERMANI
278
Appendix II CHRONOLOGY OF THE LIFE OF EPIPHANIUS OF PAVIA
284
CASSIODORUS VARIAE IV 3 AND 4
286
Appendix IV THE TEXT OF SENARIUS EPITAPH
290
NOTE ON EDITIONS COMMENTARIES AND TRANSLATIONS OF MAJOR SOURCES
291
BIBLIOGRAPHY
294
INDEX
320

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Andrew Gillett is Research Fellow in the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney.

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