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Diliana Angelova argues that from the time of Augustus via early Byzantium, a discourse of “sacred founders”—articulated in paintings, literature, imperial honors, and the equipped environment—helped legitimize the authority of the emperor and his relatives. The discourse coalesced round the crucial proposal, certain to a delusion of origins, that imperial women and men have been sacred founders of the land, reflect pictures of the empire’s divine founders. while Constantine and his ambitious mom Helena validated a brand new capital for the Roman Empire, they initiated the Christian transformation of this discourse via brilliantly reformulating the founding delusion. through the years, this modification empowered imperial ladies, reinforced the cult of the Virgin Mary, fueled contests among church and country, and provoked an arresting synthesis of imperial and Christian artwork. Sacred Founders presents a daring interpretive framework that finds deep continuities among the traditional and medieval worlds, recovers a forgotten transformation in girl imperial strength, and provides a remarkable reinterpretation of early Christian art.

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Obv. : Aelia Flaccilla donning a bejeweled diadem fixed on the nape of the neck with 3 pendants, jewelry, a necklace, and a chlamys with a around fibula with 3 pendants. Rev. : A winged Victoria sitting on a chair and inscribing a defend, propped on a column, with a Chi-Rho. Obverse legend: AELIA FLACCILLA AVG. opposite legend: SALVS REI PVBLICAE; CONOB in exergue. RIC nine Theodosius forty eight. photograph credits: Courtesy of Jürgen Malitz and the Numismatische Bilddatenbank Eichstätt. If certainly a few third-century empresses have been proven donning this signature army garment, such photos point out a transformation in well known notion that has to be attributed to the name mater castrorum (mother of the army camps), brought for the 1st time in a hundred seventy five. The numismatic iconography created for that name confirmed the empress with the army criteria for the 1st time (see fig. 44). 24 nonetheless, the paludamentum turned an authorized part of the Augusta’s iconography merely with Flaccilla, solidifying a means of appropriation that resulted, on the finish of the 5th century, within the empress’s acclamation as a positive ruler. The empress’s attributes within the past due fourth, 5th, and the early 6th centuries underscore the sluggish masculinization of woman imperial iconography. The Augustae claimed as their very own, besides the paludamentum, the imperial red, the scepter, the throne, and the symbolic language of imperial victory. The crimson mantle have been associated with rule considering the fact that Hellenistic occasions. 25 An episode within the Aeneid makes obvious its importance as a token of energy: whilst Dido offers a red mantle to Aeneas, that act indicates her wish to marry and percentage her urban with him. 26 In overdue antiquity the furnish of the crimson paludamentum, identified in Greek as chlamus, was once one of many defining moments within the imperial succession. 27 the warriors proclaimed Constantine the recent emperor via garments him within the pink. 28 On his funerary mattress, Constantine wore the diadem and the pink garment. 29 equally, the newly increased emperor Justin II acquired a brilliant red chlamys, fixed with a golden brooch, because the final component of his imperial clothes. 30 through the early 5th century John Chrysostom, describing the evening procession to Drypia, may perhaps check with the empress Aelia Eudoxia as “she who's donning the diadem” (to diadēma perikeimenē) and who's “clothed within the crimson garment” (tēn porfurida peribeblēmenē). 31 even though Chrysostom doesn't specify what her pink garment used to be, the tremissis of Eudoxia, dated to 444, demonstrates that it should have been the paludamentum (fig. 107). 32 The empress wears it fixed over the perfect shoulder by way of a around fibula with 3 pendants. within the basically extant colour picture of an emperor and an empress donning paludamenta, the apse mosaics of San Vitale in Ravenna, the Augusti Justinian and Theodora are unusual from their retinues via the deep red in their paludamenta and their opulent diadems of useful stones (figs. 108 and 109). Their shared attributes argue powerfully for his or her shared authority.

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