Envoys and political communication in the late antique West, 411-533 / Andrew Gillett.

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  • Envoys & Political Communication in the Late Antique West, 411–533
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  • Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2003
Physical description
1 online resource (xvii, 335 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
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  • 9780511496318 (ebook)
  • 9780521813495 (hardback)
  • 9780521096386 (paperback)
Notes
  • Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015).
  • Based on the author's doctoral dissertation (University of Toronto, 1994).
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 294-319) and index.
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  • Other format: Also issued in print format.
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Contents
  • Embassies and Political Communication in the Post-Imperial West -- The framework and conventions of embassies in the classical world -- Classical Greece -- Republican and imperial Rome -- Contemporary perspectives -- The Provincial View of Hydatius -- Hydatius and embassies -- Patterns of contact -- Gallaecian provincials and imperial and royal authorities -- Sueves and external affairs -- Vandal diplomacy -- Multiple embassies -- A model of political communication in the barbarian kingdoms -- The Hero as Envoy: Sidonius Apollinaris' Panegyric on Avitus -- The circumstances of the Panegyric -- Panegyric and propaganda -- Themes and plot of Panegyric -- The portrayal of the envoy -- The Saint as Envoy: Fifth- and Sixth-Century Latin Bishops' Lives -- The embassy of Pope Leo I to Attila -- 'The hero worn out by his labours': Constantius, Life of Germanus of Auxerre -- The Lives of Orientius of Auch and Vivianus of Saintes -- Orientius of Auch -- Vivianus of Saintes -- 'Author of concord': Ennodius, Life of Epiphanius of Pavia -- Cassiodorus and Senarius -- Diplomatic correspondence in the Variae of Cassiodorus -- Senarius, 'Ceaseless wayfarer of the world' -- Negotium Agendum -- Prescriptive accounts of receptions -- De ceremoniis aulae Byzantinae -- Pope Hormisdas, Indiculi -- Descriptive accounts: personnel and protocol -- Selection -- Accommodation and transportation -- Patrons, friends, and lovers -- Stages of reception, audience, and departure -- Court personnel -- Ceremonial -- Ius gentium -- Justinian's wars and after.
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Summary

  • Warfare and dislocation are obvious features of the break-up of the late Roman West, but this crucial period of change was characterized also by communication and diplomacy. The great events of the late antique West were determined by the quieter labours of countless envoys, who travelled between emperors, kings, generals, high officials, bishops, provincial councils, and cities. This book examines the role of envoys in the period from the establishment of the first 'barbarian kingdoms' in the West, to the eve of Justinian's wars of re-conquest. It shows how ongoing practices of Roman imperial administration shaped new patterns of political interaction in the novel context of the earliest medieval states. Close analysis of sources with special interest in embassies offers insight into a variety of genres: chronicles, panegyrics, hagiographies, letters and epitaph. This study makes a significant contribution to the developing field of ancient and medieval communications.

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