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By Hans Peter L'Orange

ISBN-10: 0691038023

ISBN-13: 9780691038025

During this learn, initially released in Norway as Fra Principat Til Dominat, Professor L'Orange units down the essence of his suggestion at the the most important interval of transition from decentralization to standardization in civic and cultural life-a interval now not in contrast to our own.
"This narrow quantity provides an admirably succinct research of 1 of the nice turning issues in Western paintings and civilization."--Art Bulletin
"L'Orange has distilled for the non-specialist reader's profit the essence of these vital reviews of late-antique artwork, and the ideologies informing it, for which he has lengthy been famed."--Classical overview

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When in 286 Diocletian's protege, Carausius, usurped imperial power in Britannia and proclaimed himself emperor, Maximian could not have a rank lower than the usurperaugustus he was to combat; Maximian, therefore, was called upon to participate in the governing of the Empire and was elevated to Augustus. 9 With this Diarchywith one Augustus in the East and one in the West-the process of division was introduced which led into the Tetrarchy's "symmetric" state order, with four ruling emperors. Maximian's expedition against Carausius failed and the unity of the Roman Empire was endangered.

The whole outer world, according to the language of the time, is a confusion in his senses, a deceitful illusion, a misty dream. Behind the fleeting world of nature, art perceives the large regular contours in an unchangeable, supernatural hierarchy of forces and ideas, of substances and beings, and attempts to capture this eternal order by new abstract means of expression, by a system of fixed formulas of types and of compositions. Such a stereotype has, however, a negative side, namely, schematization which, as we shall see, corresponds to a peculiar a priori For the much discussed late classical transcendentalism, the central factor of late classical art, see G.

The century of the soldieremperors, it had become accepted practice for armies to proclaim the emperors; the senate with its investiture could only confirm the fact. In the divided Empire it was not sufficient, however, that only a single provincial army supported the election of an emperor, as, after the death of Numerian (pp. ), the eastern armies were responsible for the election of Diocletian. D. 285). One would expect the Emperor at this point to repay his debt with a declaration of loyalty to the imperial army; Diocletian's first governmental declaration, on the contrary, was a proclamation of his sovereignty.

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