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    DescriptionIn The Construction of Authority in Ancient Rome and Byzantium, Sarolta Takacs examines the role of the Roman emperor, who was the single most important law-giving authority in Roman society. Emperors had to embody the qualities or virtues espoused by Rome's ruling classes. Political rhetoric shaped the ancients' reality and played a part in the upkeep of their political structures. Takacs isolates a reccurring cultural pattern, a conscious appropriation of symbols and signs (verbal and visual) belonging to the Roman Empire. She shows that many contemporary concepts of 'empire' have Roman precedents, which are reactivations or reuses of well-established ancient patterns. Showing the dialectical interactivity between the constructed past and present, Takacs also focuses on the issue of classical legacy through these virtues, which are not simply repeated or adapted cultural patterns, but are tools for the legitimization of political power, authority, and even domination of one nation over another.


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    Title
    The Construction of Authority in Ancient Rome and Byzantium
    Subtitle
    The Rhetoric of Empire
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sarolta Anna Takacs
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 11 mm
    Weight: 290 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781107407930
    ISBN 10: 1107407931
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: JPH
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC classification: D
    Abridged Dewey: 940
    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A41200000
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAZ
    B&T Approval Code: A14203030
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR, 1QDAZ
    DC22: 320.937
    DC23: 320.937
    Thema V1.0: JPH, NHD, NHC
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    04 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Table of contents
    1. Shaping a rhetorical pattern of political authority; 2. Empire of words and men; 3. Appropriation of a pattern; 4. The power of rhetoric.