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    DescriptionThis innovative study illuminates the role of polemical literature in the political life of the Roman empire by examining the earliest surviving invectives directed against a living emperor. Written by three bishops (Athanasius of Alexandria, Hilary of Poitiers, Lucifer of Cagliari), these texts attacked Constantius II (337-61) for his vicious and tyrannical behaviour, as well as his heretical religious beliefs. This book explores the strategies employed by these authors to present themselves as fearless champions of liberty and guardians of faith, as they sought to bolster their authority at a time when they were out of step with the prevailing imperial view of Christian orthodoxy. Furthermore, by analysing this unique collection of writings alongside late antique panegyrics and ceremonial, it also rehabilitates anti-imperial polemic as a serious political activity and explores the ways in which it functioned within the complex web of presentations and perceptions that underpinned late Roman power relationships.

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    Emperors and Bishops in Late Roman Invective
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    By (author) Richard Flower
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 312
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 600 g
    ISBN 13: 9781107031722
    ISBN 10: 1107031729

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: HRCC2
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
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    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
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    BISAC V2.8: REL015000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
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    DC22: 270.2
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAR
    DC23: 937.08
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    LC classification: BR205 .F56 2013
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    Ingram Theme: INDS/CLASSI
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRAX, NHD, NHC
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
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    Publication date
    27 June 2014
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    Author Information
    Richard Flower is Lecturer in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter.
    Review quote
    'Richard Flower's important book is accessible and readable, and wears its impressive store of learning very lightly. Flower is a patient guide through this historically, literarily and theologically tricky field, leavening the material with gentle good humour and sophistication. But do not be deceived by this deftness: this is also a weighty study that will be read widely and appreciatively by all in the field. This book is quite some achievement.' Pegasus
    Table of contents
    Introduction: the use of abuse; 1. Praise and blame in the Roman world; 2. Constructing a Christian tyrant; 3. Writing auto-hagiography; 4. Living up to the past; Epilogue; Appendix 1. Altercatio Heracliani cum Germinio; Appendix 2. Epistula Liberii papae ad Eusebium, Dionysium et Luciferum in exsilio constitutos; Appendix 3. Epistula Luciferi, Pancratii et Hilarii; Appendix 4. Letters of Eusebius of Vercelli; Appendix 5. Hilary of Poitiers, Contra Auxentium.