Envoys and Political Communication in the Late Antique West, 411–533
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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LibraryThing ReviewПользовательский отзыв - Steve.Bivans - LibraryThing
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
Chapter 2 THE PROVINCIAL VIEW OF HYDATIUS
SIDONIUS APOLLINARIS PANEGYRIC ON AVITUS
FIFTH AND SIXTHCENTURY LATIN BISHOPS LIVES
Chapter 5 CASSIODORUS AND SENARIUS
Chapter 6 NEGOTIUM AGENDUM
Appendix I CHRONOLOGY OF CONSTANTIUS VITA GERMANI