Olivier Hekster, Emperors and ancestors: Roman rulers and the constraints of tradition, Oxford – New York, Oxford University Press, 2015

Olivier Hekster, Emperors and ancestors: Roman rulers and the constraints of tradition, Oxford – New York, Oxford University Press, 2015

395 p. $135.00. ISBN 9780198736820.

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Le résumé sur le site de l’éditeur : 

  • Presents the first analysis of the development of Roman ancestral representation over an extended period
  • Provides substantial documentation of archaeological, numismatic, epigraphical, and literary evidence
  • Features extensive coverage of non-English literature on the topic

Ancestry played a continuous role in the construction and portrayal of Roman emperorship in the first three centuries AD. Emperors and Ancestors is the first systematic analysis of the different ways in which imperial lineage was represented in the various ‘media’ through which images of emperors could be transmitted. Looking beyond individual rulers, Hekster evaluates evidence over an extended period of time and differentiates between various types of sources, such as inscriptions, sculpture, architecture, literary text, and particularly central coinage, which forms the most convenient source material for a modern reconstruction of Roman representations over a prolonged period of time.

The volume explores how the different media in use sent out different messages. The importance of local notions and traditions in the choice of local representations of imperial ancestry are emphasized, revealing that there was no monopoly on image-forming by the Roman centre and far less interaction between central and local imagery than is commonly held. Imperial ancestry is defined through various parallel developments at Rome and in the provinces. Some messages resonated outside the centre but only when they were made explicit and fitted local practice and the discourse of the medium. The construction of imperial ancestry was constrained by the local expectations of how a ruler should present himself, and standardization over time of the images and languages that could be employed in the ‘media’ at imperial disposal. Roman emperorship is therefore shown to be a constant process of construction within genres of communication, representation, and public symbolism.Readership: Scholars and students interested in the history of the Roman Empire, in particular Roman imperial ancestry and the various media used in order to communicate it, as well as numismatics, epigraphy, and ancient sculpture, architecture, archaeology, and literary texts more generally.

La table des matières : 

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
1: Introduction
Part 1: Family Ties
2: Running in the Family
3: Your Mother’s Son
4: We Go Way Back
Part 2: Claiming Kinship
5: Some Have Ancestors Thrust Upon Them
6: Sons of Gods and Heroes
7: The Tetrarchs: Divine Brothers and Fictive Fathers
Conclusions: Emperors and Ancestral Representations
List of Emperors
Index locorum
General Index

Vous pouvez trouver une table des matières plus détaillée sur le site academia.edu : https://www.academia.edu/11721281/Emperors_and_Ancestors._Roman_Rulers_and_the_Constraints_of_Tradition

Normalement je dois faire le compte rendu de cet ouvrage pour une revue, je vous tiendrai donc au courant prochainement !

Le site de l’éditeur : http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198736820.do#


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