IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1724: Materializing an 'Augusta': Feminine Political Identity and Its Representations within the Byzantine Empire, II

Thursday 4 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Mattia Cosimo Chiriatti, Departament de Prehistòria, Història Antiga i Arqueologia, Universitat de Barcelona
Moderator/Chair:Julia Hillner, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Paper 1724-aSer o no ser Augusta: política dinástica en la corte del emperador Teodosio I
(Language: Español)
Elisabet Seijo Ibanez, Departament de Història Antiga i Arqueologia, Universitat de Barcelona
Elisabet Seijo Ibanez, Departament de Història Antiga i Arqueologia, Universitat de Barcelona
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Women's Studies
Paper 1724-bLas emperatrices leónidas y su relación con el Paganismo
(Language: Español)
Jaime De Miguel López, Departamento de Historia y Filosofía, Universidad de Alcalá
Jaime De Miguel López, Departamento de Historia y Filosofía, Universidad de Alcalá
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1724-cThe Image of Theodosian Empresses through Numismatic Iconography
(Language: English)
Carles Buenacasa Pérez, Departament d'Història i Arqueologia, Universitat de Barcelona
Carles Buenacasa Pérez, Departament d'Història i Arqueologia, Universitat de Barcelona
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History
Abstract

After Augustus’ concession to Livia Drusilla the prestigious title of ‘Augusta’, the construction of the feminine power and its representations begin to dramatically evolve from Aelia Flaccilla, spouse of the emperor Theodosius I. On one hand, the political characterization of an empress begins to take shape, further to the numismatics evidence, through literary and material evidence, as bas-reliefs, coins, ivories, monuments, statues. In a broader sense, epigraphy and numismatics, as well as panegyrics and literary sources, provide materials to trace the study of this evolution.
On the other, this ‘materialization’ process displayed the imperial feminine power to a global scale, allowing to the imperial consort to become, from a mere sovereign sine imperio into a proper autocrat, as the example of Irene, the αὐτοκράτωρ Ῥωμαίων. This workshop aims to portray, from several angles, the evolution of this material construction of the political role of the feminine consort, seeking to cast more light upon her power display from Late Antiquity to the Golden Age of the Byzantine Empire.