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dc.contributor.authorLampinen, Antti
dc.identifier.citationLampinen , A 2016 , ' A helping hand from the divine. Notes on the triumphalist iconography of the Theodosian dynasty ' , Acta Byzantina Fennica , vol. 4 .en
dc.description.abstractThis article will provide a contextualised look at the variegated manifestations of how Theodosius and his immediate successors sought to refer to divine support in their triumphalist propaganda. In it, particular attention will be devoted to the ambiguities and double-meanings of a set of intentionally polysemic signifiers with both iconographic and rhetorical roots in the earlier Roman triumphal ideology. These compromises between Christian and more ambiguously ‘non-denominational’ references to divine favour were, I will argue, deployed in an open-ended fashion especially during Theodosius’ early rule – a legitimating technique that seems to have been successful, although its contents should alert us to the insufficiency of seeing Theodosian rulership as monochromatically ‘Christian’. After having been elaborated during the decades around 400, these forms of projecting imperial triumphalism came to play a long-standing part in the East Roman and Byzantine ideology of divine favour.
dc.relation.ispartofActa Byzantina Fennicaen
dc.subjectD051 Ancient Historyen
dc.titleA helping hand from the divine. Notes on the triumphalist iconography of the Theodosian dynastyen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Classicsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Late Antique Studiesen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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