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Sacred FoundersWomen, Men, and Gods in the Discourse of Imperial Founding, Rome through Early Byzantium$
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Diliana N. Angelova

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284012

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284012.001.0001

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Imperial Women and Civic Founding

Imperial Women and Civic Founding

(p.161) 6 Imperial Women and Civic Founding
Sacred Founders

Diliana N. Angelova

University of California Press

In building palaces, empresses engaged in traditional civic patronage. Although empresses in the post-Augustan era had contributed little in this way, imperial women following Helena broadened their patronage to areas of the city not necessarily connected to an imperial residence. This chapter argues that empresses favored two types of building: porticoes and baths. Precedents existed in the Augustan period for women’s building porticoes, but Helena pioneered the female building of imperial baths. Both building types showcased the imperial women as exemplary city patrons.

Keywords:   Roman baths, Constantinople, Gadara, Eudocia, Portus, portico of Galla Placidia, portico of Theodora, Procopius, Arcadianai, Procopius’ Buildings

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