TitlePolitical Authority in Late Antiquity, I: Imperial and Military Authority
Date/TimeWednesday 6 July 2022: 09.00-10.30
SponsorPostgraduate & Early-Career Late Antiquity Network
OrganiserNicola Holm, Department of Classics, Ancient History, Religion & Theology, University of Exeter
Moderator/ChairAdrastos Omissi, School of Humanities (Classics), University of Glasgow
Paper 1009-a Slaying His Boar: Nicomedia and the Construction of Tetrarchic Legitimacy
(Language: English)
Byron Waldron, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Sydney
Index Terms: Administration; Military History
Paper 1009-b A Eunuch as a Helmsman, Impossible! A Eunuch as a Statesman, Bitter Reality?: Debating Authority through Comparison in Claudian
(Language: English)
Nora Kohlhofer, Geisteswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Greek; Language and Literature - Latin; Maritime and Naval Studies; Political Thought
Paper 1009-c 'Holding the wolf by its ears': Challenging the Authority of the Army in Late Antiquity
(Language: English)
Teifion Gambold, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index Terms: Byzantine Studies; Law; Military History; Political Thought
AbstractThis session focuses on perhaps the most immediately recognisable kind of authority in the late antique world, that of the emperor and his armies. The first paper (Waldron) discusses how Diocletian and his tetrarchy used various forms of military acclamatio to solidify their imperial authority. The second (Kohlhofer) considers the diatribe against the authority of the eunuch Eutropius as it is found in Claudian's invective. The final paper (Gambold) explores the relationship between imperial and martial authority and how the emperor maintained his own authority over that of the military elite.