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Eternal Victory : Triumphal Rulership in Late Antiquity, Byzantium and the Early Medieval West - Michael McCormick

Eternal Victory

Triumphal Rulership in Late Antiquity, Byzantium and the Early Medieval West

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Published: 17th September 1990
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As the Roman empire declined and 'fell', contemporary glorification of the emperor's triumphal rulership reached new heights, strewing traces of the empire's perennial victory across the physical and mental landscape of late antiquity. In this, the first comprehensive study of how a great imperial ceremony actually developed and how it influenced both the eastern and western heirs to the Roman legacy, the Roman triumph's resurgence and afterlife is documented from the Tetrarchy down to the end of the Macedonian dynasty in Byzantium and down to Charlemagne's successors in the early medieval West. This perspective shows that celebrations of the ruler's victory experienced unceasing change in ritual form and content and that these changes mirrored broader trends in the development of society and the monarchy. At the same time, it casts new light on the late Roman origins of the trappings of early medieval kingship. Far from the imperial capital, the cult of triumphal rulership permeated local elites, as commanders in the provinces imitated the supreme victor by staging triumphs of their own, and the new Germanic kings followed suit. Classicists, medievalists, Byzantinists, specialists of art and ritual will find here new data and approaches to a central problem in the transformation of the Roman empire which culminated in the new civilization of Byzantium and the Germanic Kingdoms.

"Michael McCormick has written a I^Decline and Fall for the twenty-first century. [...] his brilliant book will shatter most people's conceptions of the Dark Ages." Times Literary Supplement "McCormick's scholarship is as daunting and profound as might be expected from someone with the boldness to conduct parallel explorations of Byzantium and the West. In the process of fully documenting victory celebrations, he pokes into obscure corners with the gusto of a born antiquarian. He even manages to discover how the Roman state and its heirs communicated their triumphs to distant provincials. His zeal in gathering primary evidence is matched by mastery of the critical literature; based at Dumbarton Oaks, he had an unequalled listening post for tracking scholarship." Canadian Journal of History "...McCormick has made a major contribution to Mediterranean history." Jonathan Shepard, The International History Review

Forewordp. xi
Note to the paperback editionp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xvii
Introduction: Imperial Triumph as a Historical Problemp. 1
Invincible Empire: The Ideology of Victory Under the Principatep. 11
Out of the Streets and into the Circus: The Development of Imperial Victory Celebrations in the Later Roman Empirep. 35
From Constantine I to Theodosius Ip. 36
From the Theodosian succession to Anastasiusp. 47
From Justinian to iconoclasmp. 64
Conclusionp. 78
Imperial Victory Celebrations and the Public Life of the Later Roman Statep. 80
Usurpers and barbariansp. 80
Imperial victory rituals: evidence from Romep. 84
Imperial victory rituals: non-Roman evidencep. 91
The christianization of imperial victory celebrationsp. 100
The division of the empire and the collegiality of victoryp. 111
Victory celebrations and the thronep. 120
The Development of Imperial Victory Celebrations in Early Medieval Byzantiump. 131
Triumphs of Constantine Vp. 134
An age of generals: victory celebrations in the late eighth centuryp. 137
Amorian triumphsp. 144
The legitimation of Basil Ip. 152
High tide of triumph, 956-72p. 159
The celebration of victory under the last Macedoniansp. 178
Conclusionp. 184
Organizing a Byzantine Triumphp. 189
A Distant Echo: Victory Celebrations in the Imperial Provincesp. 231
Ties that bindp. 232
God and countryp. 237
Little Caesarsp. 252
Conclusionp. 258
Ephemeral Empires: Triumphal Rulership in Barbarian Africa, Burgundy and Italyp. 260
The king's triumphal majesty in Vandal Africap. 261
Victory customs in the kingdom of the Burgundiansp. 266
Triumphal ideology in Ostrogothic Italyp. 267
Lombard kingship and victoryp. 284
The King's Victory in Visigothic Spainp. 297
Royal ceremony and Visigothic kingshipp. 298
Royal victory celebrationsp. 302
The social context of Visigothic victory celebrationsp. 315
The rhetoric of victoryp. 323
From Late Antique to Early Feudal Society: Frankish Victory Celebrationsp. 328
Merovingian victory celebrationsp. 335
The liturgy of victory in Franciap. 342
Carolingian court ceremonial and the king's victoryp. 362
Conclusionp. 384
Epiloguep. 388
Bibliography of primary sources citedp. 397
Frequently cited secondary sourcesp. 412
Descriptive list of figuresp. 416
Indexp. 419
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ISBN: 9780521386593
ISBN-10: 0521386594
Series: Past and Present Publications
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 472
Published: 17th September 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.68