Imperial cities under the sons of Constantine

Meaghan McEvoy

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In this chapter, the relationships of the emperors Constantine II, Constantius II and Constans and the cities in which they primarily resided will be examined for the full spans of their respective reigns. Analysis of these relationships will focus on instances of imperial residence in the cities of Constantinople, Antioch, Sirmium, Rome, Milan and Trier during this era, with particular attention to the significance of these cities as military centres, and as winter headquarters between campaigning seasons, as well as to major occasions of imperial ceremonial which were staged in these cities. Instances of imperial benefactions to cities will also be considered. Additionally, the relationship between emperors and the elites of these cities will be closely examined. Through this investigation, new aspects of the relationship between emperors, major imperial cities and the elite populations of these cities will be revealed, throwing fresh light on a hitherto neglected but crucial era in the development of the role and function of the Christian emperor in Late Antiquity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe sons of Constantine, AD 337-361
Subtitle of host publicationin the shadows of Constantine and Julian
EditorsNicholas Baker-Brian, Shaun Tougher
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9783030398989
ISBN (Print)9783030398972
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameNew Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • Roman history
  • Late Antique History
  • Constantinian Dynasty
  • Roman emperors


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