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Competing Capitals, Competing Representations

Lucy Grig

in Two Romes

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199739400
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933006 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739400.003.0002

Series: Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity

Competing Capitals, Competing Representations

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This chapter looks at the representation of Rome and Constantinople as cityscapes, both iconographical and literary, as part of a whole Ordo of late antique cities. The ideological nature of representation is stressed, as close analysis of these representations is revealing of the shifting position of the “two Romes,” and of the ideological maneuvers and struggles involved. The chapter examines the ways in which the traditional resistance of the city of Rome to visual encapsulation was under threat. The cityscapes under examination begin with Ammianus’ account of Constantius II’s visit to Rome in 357, which acts as a starting point for the examination of less familiar representations. The iconography of the cities examined includes depictions on coins, diptychs, mosaics, and the Tabula Peutingeriana.

Keywords: Rome; Constantinople; iconography; Tyches; Tabula Peutingeriana

Chapter.  8119 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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