Evidence from the city of Augustodunum (Autun) helps us understand the challenges that the emperor Constantine (r. 306-337) faced early in his career, ruling from the borderlands capital city of Trier. A close analysis of the Latin Panegyrics, together with material evidence from archaeological investigations, shows that Constantine ultimately overcame his early, weak position by cultivating a variety of elites whose support linked him more closely with the rest of the empire.
Elizabeth De Palmer Digeser is Professor of Roman History/Late Antiquity at the Department of History at University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. Her latest book, A Threat to Public Piety: Christians, Platonists, and the Great Persecution (Cornell 2012), explores the interactions of Platonist philosophers and Christian theologians in the period leading up to the Great Persecution of AD 303-11. Her new research explores the questions surrounding the emperor Constantine’s .
A Threat to Public Piety: Christians, Platonists and the Great Persecution.
Cornell University Press, 2012.
The Making of a Christian Empire: Lactantius and Rome. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2000. Paperback, released 2012.
The Rhetoric of Power in Late Antiquity: Religion and Politics in Byzantium, Europe and the Early Islamic World, ed. with Justin Stephens, R. M. Frakes.
London: I. B. Tauris, 2010; repr. Bloomsbury (paper), 2019.
Religious Identity in Late Antiquity, R. M. Frakes and Elizabeth Digeser, edd. Toronto: Edgar Kent, 2006.
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