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“Emperor and Emperorship in Late Antiquity: Images, Narratives, and Ceremonies” - 17-18/02/2017, Pamplona (Spain)





We are pleased to announce the conference “Emperor and Emperorship in Late Antiquity: Images, Narratives, and Ceremonies”. This event is the final workshop of Spanish Government-funded Romanitas Principum Research Project. Its aim is to reflect on Imperial representation and its political and social meaning in a time of drastic changes.



FECHA/DATE/DATA: 17-18/02/2017


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona, Spain)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE:  Mª Pilar García Ruiz (University of Navarra, Pamplona): Alessandro Maranesi (Radboud University, Nijmegen)


INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE:   25 € ( (includes inscription, morning and afternoon tea/coffee breaks, and the cost of two-days lunches)


Deadline: 06/02/2017.   Se ruega mandar un email a /please contact /sono pregati di inviare una mail a Mrs Elena Alguacil (




Friday, 17th February (University of Navarra. Library Building. Room 0510)

9.15. Reception and Opening. Mª Pilar García Ruiz, University of Navarra and Alessandro Maranesi, Radboud University.
9.30-10.15. Ignazio Tantillo, Università di Cassino, Italy. “Emperors and tyrants. Constantine and the new representation of Roman imperial power”
10.15-11.00. Diederik Burgersdijk, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. “Constantine's Arch: a reassessment in the light of textual and material evidence”

11.00-11.30 COFFEE BREAK
11.30-12.15. Erika Manders, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany. “Constantine and his churches: imperial agency and the emperor’s presence”
13.00-13.45. José B. Torres, University of Navarra, Spain. “Purple and Constantine’s image according to Eusebius”
13.45-14.45. LUNCH
14.45-15.30. Alessandro Maranesi, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.“Constantine, the Sun, and the bottom-up political storytelling”
15.30-16.15. Alan Ross, Southampton University, United Kingdom.“Dialogues of emperorship in panegyric: Julian and Themistius on Constantius”
16.15-16.45 COFFEE BREAK
18.45 (Optional activity) Guided visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art -  University of Navarra

Saturday, 18th February (University of Navarra. Library Building. Room 0510)

9.30-10.15. Olivier Hekster, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. “Constantius in Rome: the constraints of ceremonial communication”
10.15-11.00. Mª Pilar García Ruiz, Universidad de Navarra, Spain. “Models, antimodels, ancestors and emperorship in Julian’s The Caesars”
11.00-11.30 COFFEE BREAK
11.30-12.15. Álvaro Sánchez-Ostiz, University of Navarra, Spain. “Cosmic Warnings and Imperial Responses: Ammianus’ Astronomical Excursus”
13.00-14.00 LUNCH
14.00-14.45. Fabio Guidetti, TOPOI Excellence Cluster-Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. “Between expressionism and classicism: stylistic choices as means of legitimization in late-4th century imperial portraits”
14.45-15.30. Alberto Quiroga, Universidad de Granada, Spain. “Toying with Theodosius: the manipulation of the imperial image in the sources of the Riot of the Statues”
15.30-16.00. Aitor Blanco Pérez, CNRS. Centre Paul Albert Février (Aix en Provence)/ University of Navarra.
“Final Remarks”

This conference will be made possible thanks to the generosity of the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, Spain, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Navarra, and Radboud Excellence Initiative, Radboud University Nijmegen.



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