Leontopolis: Kaiserstadt ohne Bischof?

Philipp Pilhofer

Abstract The city of Leontopolis in Isauria first appears in the sources towards the end of the 5th century, more precisely: in a legal text of the later Codex Iustinianus. In general, the surviving information is very sparse. In this essay, the source material is reviewed, in particular the mentioned law and the Martyrdom of Konon of Bidana. On this basis, a date of foundation is suggested, a new localisation of the city is established and the question of its own episcopal see is pursued.

2020 ◽  
Vol 70 (1) ◽  
pp. 247-260
Olivier Hekster

Roman emperors were at the pinnacle of society. They were supreme commanders of the armies, the highest priests and the ultimate source of law and justice. These three roles were made clear to the inhabitants of the empire from the reign of Augustus onwards through a variety of media. Public ceremonies showed emperors leaving the city for campaigns, and returning in triumph, at sacrifice, or sitting in judgement. Inscriptions likewise indicated the main roles of emperors through titulature or narrative. The military and the religious leadership of emperors were also made abundantly clear through public monuments and on centrally issued coinage. Yet, throughout Roman imperial history these last two types of source material are surprisingly silent on the emperors’ legal role.

2020 ◽  
pp. 096777202094878
Conor Mosli-Lynch ◽  
Nicholas O'Shaughnessy

Introduction The celebrated diarist Samuel Pepys kept a detailed diary of exceptional candour throughout the years of The Great Plague of 1665, in which he recorded his own observations as well as the reactions of society and the medical profession to this unprecedented event. In this paper we examine his diaries at the time of the plague, as well as in the proceeding years and consider how the experiences of Pepys are similar to our own experiences of the 2020 Coronavirus Epidemic. Method We examined the entire diaries of Samuel Pepys from 1664 to 1670, as well as supplementary source material, looking for all references to The Great Plague. Results and Conclusion: Though written over 350 years ago the diaries paint a very co-orientated response of society to The Plague. Accurate official statistics were available weekly, isolation was imposed and the government made provision for ‘pest houses' to be set up. Pepys is grateful to the doctors who remain in London but critical of the majority who flee the city. Pepys's own reactions, which progress from fear of contracting the disease to fear for his business interests, mirror today's reaction to The 2020 Coronavirus Epidemic.

Harriet I. Flower

This chapter explores the nature of Augustus' religious reform, its implementation by the princeps, and its impact in the city. It uses a combination of approaches to elucidate the variety of ancient source material and the intersections between the different pieces of surviving evidence. A consideration of Octavian/Augustus' role and image in the city before 8/7 BC serves to introduce a more detailed analysis of the moment of religious reform itself, as far as we can understand it from our slim evidence. The chapter also looks at lares augusti in their own right and in the context of their cult at the crossroads shrines, and argues that no cult of Augustus' genius was to be found at the crossroads in Rome or in the home during his lifetime.

2018 ◽  
Vol 15 (1) ◽  
pp. 99-110
Urša Vogrinc Javoršek

The analysis of three recent British novels: Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere (1996), Iain Banks’ Transition (2009) and China Miéville’s The City & the City (2009) strives to uncover structural parallelisms and the inherent evolution in their development, plot structuring and presentation. It is centred on the exhibited relation to the structure and general mechanics of space. The interpretations of space are based on Foucault’s heterotopias, the rhizome of Deleuze and Guattari, and Certeau’s absent space, which show how the active force of space and the complexity of the genre identity are interconnected, and how they interact with the social and political engagement of the works and their wider cultural and social context. These seminal works of the British Boom provide a rich source material for an outline of the process of interplay of genre identity and political engagement, and an overview of how this interplay affects their plot, style and the protagonists.

Veronica West-Harling

The introductory chapter sets out the chronological span and the geographical spread of the book, the questions asked, and the methodology followed. It examines the source material and their cross-referencing with those of both visual and material culture, finishing with a summary of the historiography. The structure of the book is set out as a form of theatrical performance. The Introduction and Chapter 1, the context and the questioning of the sources, provide the overture; Chapters 2 and 3 focus on the people, the actors on the stage; Chapter 4 focuses on how they are involved in the life of the city through props: places of power, manifestations, and instruments through which they are exercised. Chapter 5 follows for the action or plot of the play: how those who control public space exercise it to reflect and promote consensus or to manifest discontent and rebellion

2013 ◽  
Vol 20 (3) ◽  
pp. 109-116
Jennifer Dunkerson

In this study of boarding during World War II, new primary source material is used to reveal a tendency for necessary boarding arrangements in overcrowded, industrial, urban areas. The names, occupations and marital status of boarders were included in the tax assessment rolls for the city of Hamilton in the years spanning 1939 to 1951. Based on contemporary housing studies and more recent analyses of housing and boarding in our industrial past, a correlation may be found between the existence of boarders in a specific area of Hamilton and the nationwide trends of housing shortage, family formation, and wartime production.

Itinerario ◽  
2008 ◽  
Vol 32 (2) ◽  
pp. 19-38 ◽  
C.G. Brouwer

Around the Yemeni port city of al-Mukhâ hangs the intoxicating smell of coffee. Almost no publication can be pointed out, from popularising travel guide to elaborate research report, in which mocha is not considered the export item par excellence, or rather the icon of the city. Only during the Montpellier conference on coffee, held in October 1997, was it concluded, in a contribution devoted to the emergence of the town in the early seventeenth century, that al-Mukhâ had been neither exclusively or mainly a coffee port, nor the sole one, or even the most important one. Mocha, in fact, “was not at all synonymous with al-Mukhâ”. In subsequent years, it could be demonstrated on the basis of abundant source material that spices, textiles, minerals, porcelains and aromatics were sold in the Mukhâwi market as well.

A. N. Vikhot ◽  
V. A. Lutoev ◽  

Analysis of the parameters of the vibration field of the city was carried out on the example of the area of Syktyvkar. The vibroseismic monitoring data were used as a source material. We obtained the estimates of the mathematical expectation, variances and standard deviations, checked the normal distribution of random variables. The values of the correlation coefficient and correlation ratio were determined applying the method of correlation-regression analysis and carrying out the necessary calculations. Distribution diagrams were also constructed and approximating functions and estimated equations were obtained. This approach can be used to predict the parameters of the vibration field on the city territory and made it possible to give recommendations on its application as selection rationale of construction sites and environmental survey in the field of man-induced impact.

Mark Slobin

This chapter mines the retrospective, reflective work of writers and artists who grew up in Detroit and have looked back at how the city shaped their work, particularly in terms of music. Quotes from poems and writings show how the book and its author’s stake in memory as history and source material is shared by a number of creative Detroiters. Featured artists include Philip Levine, Mike Kelley, Marge Piercy, and Crystal Williams. Philip Levine Mike Kelley

2013 ◽  
Vol 13 (1) ◽  
pp. 42-52
David Mattison

The past is always present in photographs. Unique visual statements and readily reproducible photographs assist in reconstructing the past through the transmission of information by sight. One of the more important, yet often neglected, areas of scholarship is the documentary photograph taken for or representing a certain place or event in history. Provided its context and accuracy are determined and verified through external evidence, the photograph is primary source material whose judicious use by historians can relay information not available through other kinds of records.

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