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Preface Contributors Figures Part I. Introduction: Rome and Constantinople in context 1. Introduction: from Rome to Constantinople, Lucy Grig and Gavin Kelly 2. Competing Capitals, Competing Representations: Late Antique Cityscapes in Words and Pictures, Lucy Grig 3. The Rise of Constantinople: Old and New Rome Compared, Bryan Ward-Perkins Part II. Urban Space and Urban Development in Comparative Perspective 4. The Notitia Urbis Constantinopolitanae, John Matthews 5. "It would be abominable for the inhabitants of this Beautiful City to be compelled to purchase water." Water and Late Antique Constantinople, James Crow 6. Aristocratic Houses and the Making of Late Antique Rome and Constantinople, Carlos Machado Part III. Emperors in the City 7. Valentinian III and the City of Rome (425-455): Patronage, Politics, Power, Mark Humphries 8. Playing the Ritual Game in Constantinople (379-457), Peter Van Nuffelen Part IV. Panegyric 9. Bright lights, Big City: Pacatus and the Panegyrici Latini, Roger Rees 10. A Tale of Two Cities: Themistius on Rome and Constantinople, John Vanderspoel 11. Claudian and Constantinople, Gavin Kelly 12. Epic Panegyric and Political Communication in the Fifth-Century West, Andrew Gillett Part V. Christian Capitals? 13. There But Not There: Constantinople in the Itinerarium Burdigalense, Benet Salway 14. Virgilizing Christianity in Late Antique Rome, John Curran 15. "Two Romes, Beacons of the Whole World": Canonizing Constantinople, Neil McLynn 16. Between Petrine Ideology and Realpolitik: The See of Constantinople in Roman Geo-Ecclesiology after the End of the Acacian Schism (518-523), Philippe Blaudeau Part VI. Epilogue 17. From Rome to New Rome, from Empire to Nation State: Reopening the Question of Byzantium's Roman Identity, Anthony Kaldellis Bibliography Index Index Locorum

About the Author

Lucy Grig is Senior Lecturer in Classics at Edinburgh University and author of Making Martyrs in Late Antiquity. Gavin Kelly is Reader in Classics at Edinburgh University and author of Ammianus Marcellinus: The Allusive Historian.


"Two Romes is an important book, and the chapters are uniformly excellent discussions of their particular topics from the later Roman empire."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review "A thoughtful, valuable, and useful introduction to a new field of study. Highly recommended."--CHOICE "This is an important and welcome volume. Lucy Grig and Gavin Kelly are to be congratulated for commissioning such a lively and challenging collection of papers on Rome and Constantinople, the two great metropoleis of late antiquity. Their comparative approach and forceful arguments bring a new and fresh perspective to the culture, ceremonial and physical development of the two cities, as well as new interpretations of some central sources." --Averil Cameron, University of Oxford "New, and at times surprisingly provocative, perspectives on the old Rome and its Greek successor, with several contributions destined for classic status." --Michael Kulikowski, Penn State "Together, these seventeen well-edited entries hence offer promising new approaches to both familiar and less often viewed material and reveal some of the rich insights that can be gained from looking afresh at the two capitals.... Two Romes, then, is a truly enjoyable, informative and inspiring read. It is highly recommended not only to historians of late-antique Rome and Constantinople, but to anyone interested in the history, culture and religion of Late Antiquity."--Muriel Moser, H-Soz-u-Kult "A thoughtful, valuable, and useful introduction to a new field of study. Highly recommended."--CHOICE "On the whole this volume represents a significant contribution for the understanding of the role of the two most important cities of the Empire, especially during the fourth and fifth centuries. This valuable and specialized collection is also fluidly written and edited, making it a pleasure to read."--Massimiliano Vitiello, Sehepunkte "...a phenomenal book. It could have been another boring and dry treatise of Rome in antiquity but rather all of the essays that were included are extremely well and intriguingly written. This book is fluidly written and edited, which made it a very enjoyable read." -- Ancient History Encyclopedia

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