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Sacred Founders: Women, Men, and Gods in the Discourse of Imperial Founding, Rome through Early Byzantium

Diliana N. Angelova


Starting with Augustus and extending through early Byzantium, a discourse of imperial founding helped articulate and legitimate imperial authority. Artwork, literature, imperial honors, and the built environment comprised the statements in this multiauthored, empire-wide discourse. These statements were bound by the idea that imperial men and women were sacred founders of the land, mirror images of the empire’s divine founders. By establishing a new capital for the Roman Empire, Constantine and his formidable mother, Helena, initiated a Christian transformation of the discourse of imperial fou ... More

Keywords: early Christian art, late antiquity, Augustus, Livia, Constantine, Helena, Roman emperor, Roman empress, Virgin Mary, Eusebius

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520284012
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520284012.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diliana N. Angelova, author
University of California, Berkeley