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Emperors and Ancestors: Roman Rulers and the Constraints of Tradition

Olivier Hekster


This book provides a systematic analysis of the different ways in which Roman imperial lineage was represented in the various ‘media’ through which images of emperors could be transmitted. Rather than focusing on individual rulers of the Roman Empire, it evaluates evidence over an extended period of time and differentiates between various types of sources, such as inscriptions, sculpture, architecture, literary text, and particularly central coinage, which forms the most convenient source material for a modern reconstruction of Roman representations of power over a prolonged period of time. Th ... More

Keywords: ancestry, lineage, representation of power, Roman emperorship, Roman Empire, Roman imperial ideology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198736820
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736820.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Olivier Hekster, author
Professor of Ancient History, Radboud University Nijmegen