Under Divine Auspices: Divine Ideology and the Visualisation of Imperial Power in the Severan PeriodHardback
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- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Hardback | 317 pages
- Dimensions: 176mm x 250mm x 24mm | 798g
- Publication date: 25 February 2013
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 1107020123
- ISBN 13: 9781107020122
- Edition statement: New.
- Illustrations note: 98 b/w illus.
- Sales rank: 944,517
This book explores how deities were used to communicate and negotiate imperial power under the Severan dynasty (AD 193-235). Numismatic evidence is reintegrated into the wider material culture of the Severan period in order to bring new insights into the use of the divine in this period, as well as the role played by the provinces in the formation and reception of this ideology. By taking a dynastic approach, the book demonstrates the dynamic nature of the imperial public image and the complex dialogue that existed between Rome and the wider Empire in this period.
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Clare Rowan completed her doctorate in ancient history at Macquarie University in 2009. She has been a Junior Fellow and Research Officer at the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies and the Macquarie Gale Fellow at the British School at Rome, and is now employed on the project 'Coinage and the Dynamics of Power: the Western Mediterranean 500-100 BC' at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main.
'Under Divine Auspices will prove valuable not only for those interested in Severan propaganda, but for students of Roman history in general.' Julie Langford, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Table of contents
1. Introduction; 2. Contextualising a 'foreign' dynasty; 3. Septimius Severus, Liber Pater and Hercules; 4. Medical tourism and iconographic dialogues in the reign of Caracalla; 5. Elagabalus, Summus Sacerdos Elagabali; 6. Severus Alexander and the re-founding of Rome; Conclusion: divine ideology in the Severan dynasty; Appendix 1. Silver reverse types from Trajan to Severus Alexander; Appendix 2. Reverse silver dies of the 'stone on quadriga' type of Elagabalus; Appendix 3. List of hoards used.