Fashioning a soldier emperor: Maximian, Pannonia, and the Panegyrics of 289 and 291

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Abstract

This article examines the techniques used to praise the emperor Maximian, a former soldier of low birth, in two speeches delivered in 289 and 291. The panegyrics transform Maximian's Pannonian origin, which was not publicised in official media at the time, into a statement of his imperial suitability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-400
Number of pages20
JournalPhoenix
Volume70
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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