Herrscherpanegyrik unter Trajan und Konstantin 978-3-16-151341-1 - Mohr Siebeck
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Christian Ronning

Herrscherpanegyrik unter Trajan und Konstantin

Studien zur symbolischen Kommunikation in der römischen Kaiserzeit

[The Ruler's Panegyric under Trajan and Constantine. Studies of the Symbolic Communication in the Roman Empire.]

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In this work, Christian Ronning shows how Latin panegyric was part of an elaborate system of signs and rituals to express complex relationships of power and subjection in Roman society.
In this work, Christian Ronning shows how Latin panegyric was part of an elaborate system of signs and rituals to express complex relationships of power and subjection in Roman society. He studies how the interpretative power of the well-trained rhetorician was used to smooth administrative measures and to adapt imperial orders to the structures and demands of an aristocratic elite which ruled the cities of the Imperium Romanum. As a highly specialized code, panegyric was a language of social power that should not be misunderstood as »propaganda« but rather seen as a means of maintaining the fiction of a tight relationship between emperor and viri boni even in times of growing intransparency of rulership and government.
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Christian Ronning Geboren 1973; Studium der Alten Geschichte, Mittleren Geschichte, Lateinischen Philologie und Politikwissenschaft in Münster; 2003 Promotion; wissenschaftlicher Assistent am Historischen Seminar der LMU München, Lehrstuhl für Alte Geschichte unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Klio — 94 (2012), S. 228–231 (Gunnar Seelentag)
In: Historische Zeitschrift — 287 (2008), S. 420–421 (Manuela Keßler)
In: Sehepunkte — Www.sehepunkte.de (Bruno Bleckmann)
In: H-Soz-u-Kult — hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de (Johannes Wienand)
In: H-Judaic Book Reviews — Www.h-net.org/reviews/ (24.11.2008 (Johannes Wienand)