Between panegyric and history: literary representations of the Emperor Valentinian I (364-375)

Leslie, Joel (2019) Between panegyric and history: literary representations of the Emperor Valentinian I (364-375). PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis examines the literary representation of the Pannonian emperor Valentinian I (364–375) in two different types of source dated to the fourth and fifth centuries AD. More specifically, it analyses how literary sources which were contemporaneous with Valentinian’s reign (Symmachus’ imperial panegyrics; and imperial legislation) and which promoted the ‘official’ view of Valentinian’s regime, were received and interpreted in the later historical sources for the emperor’s reign (namely, Ammianus Marcellinus’ Res Gestae; and the histories of the Christian historians Tyrannius Rufinus, Paulus Orosius, Socrates Scholasticus, Sozomen and Theodoret). By analysing three themes (dynastic, military and religious) which were prominent in both forms of representation, this thesis explores how and why these ‘contemporary’ and ‘historical’ representations of the emperor differed, and asks what the interaction of these sources can tell us about the literary representation of Valentinian more generally.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Valentinian, Late Antiquity, Symmachus, Ammianus Marcellinus, Res Gestae, Rufinus, Socrates, Sozomen, Theodoret, Orosius.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Classics
Supervisor's Name: Airlie, Dr. Stuart and Stenger, Professor Jan
Date of Award: 2019
Depositing User: Mr Joel Leslie
Unique ID: glathesis:2019-71940
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 29 May 2019 13:05
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2020 21:53
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.71940

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