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The Soldier's Life : Martial Virtues and Manly Romanitas in the Early Byzantine Empire - Michael Edward Stewart

The Soldier's Life

Martial Virtues and Manly Romanitas in the Early Byzantine Empire

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This monograph examines the various ways martial virtues and images of the soldier’s life shaped early Byzantine cultural ideals of masculinity. It contends that in many of the visual and literary sources from the fourth to the seventh centuries CE, conceptualisations of the soldier’s life and the ideal manly life were often the same. By taking this stance, the book challenges the view found in many recent studies on Late Roman and early Byzantine masculinity that suggest a Christian ideal of manliness based on extreme ascetic virtues and pacifism had superseded militarism and courage as the dominant component of hegemonic masculine ideology. Though the monograph does not reject the relevance of Christian constructions of masculinity for helping one understand early Byzantine society and its diverse representations of masculinity, it seeks to balance these modern studies’ often heavy emphasis on “rigorist” Christian sources with the more customary attitudes we find in the secular, and indeed some Christian texts, praising military virtues as an essential aspect of Byzantine manliness. The connection between martial virtues and “true” manliness remained a powerful cultural force in the period covered in this study. Indeed, the reader of this work will find that the “manliness of war” is on display in much of the surviving early Byzantine literature, secular and Christian.

Preface List of Abbreviations List of Plates Acknowledgements I Introduction II The Study of Men as a Gender III Vita Militaris: The Soldier's Life IV The Manly Emperor: Conceptualisations of Manliness, Courage, and Ideal Leadership at the Opening of the Fifth Century V The Wars Most Peaceful: Militarism, Piety, and Constructions of Christian Manliness in the Theodosian Age VI Representations of Power and Imperial Manliness in the Age of Theodosius II VII Emperors and Generals: Pathways to Power in the Age of Leo I VIII Contests of Manly Virtue in Procopius' Gothic War IX Conclusion: Lingering Manly Romanitas in Byzantium Bibliography Credits Index

ISBN: 9780995671713
ISBN-10: 0995671710
Series: Romanitas
Audience: Professional
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 12th December 2016
Publisher: Kismet Press LLP
Edition Number: 1