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Diliana Angelova argues that from the time of Augustus via early Byzantium, a discourse of “sacred founders”—articulated in art, literature, imperial honors, and the outfitted environment—helped legitimize the authority of the emperor and his family members. The discourse coalesced round the vital thought, certain to a delusion of origins, that imperial women and men have been sacred founders of the land, reflect photos of the empire’s divine founders. whilst Constantine and his ambitious mom Helena demonstrated a brand new capital for the Roman Empire, they initiated the Christian transformation of this discourse by way of brilliantly reformulating the founding delusion. over the years, this change empowered imperial girls, reinforced the cult of the Virgin Mary, fueled contests among church and kingdom, and provoked an arresting synthesis of imperial and Christian paintings. Sacred Founders presents a daring interpretive framework that finds deep continuities among the traditional and medieval worlds, recovers a forgotten transformation in woman imperial energy, and gives a notable reinterpretation of early Christian art.

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1–9) As with the Roman porticoes, the portico Procopius describes featured statuary of assorted forms, possibly crafted through well-known sculptors. even supposing Procopius identifies the builder of the portico as Justinian, he provides the curious assertion that the town expressed its gratitude by way of honoring the empress Theodora with a statue put on a porphyry column. If the emperor equipped the courtyard, why might the town thank the empress? Neither the monument, nor the statue, nor any inscription survives to check with Procopius’s textual content and let us know who its actual consumer could have been. 26 one of the surviving dedicatory inscriptions relating to baths construction, one commemorates the daughter of the builder instead of the consumer himself. 27 however it is rare. The established common sense of statue dedications, in addition to Procopius’s behavior of denying Theodora her due, strengthens the case for attributing the portico to Theodora. In Rome and Constantinople an imperially-sponsored construction used to be normally named for its founder. 28 In either towns statues close to the construction often commemorated the shopper. 29 The Thermae Helenae in Rome carried the sponsor’s identify, Helena. statue bases for the empress have been discovered no longer faraway from Helena’s bathtub. 30 within the days of Constantine Tiberius (r. 578–82), Sophia (Augusta 565–ca. 602? ), the consort of his predecessor Justin II, thought of the commemorative price of a statue a strong incentive for Tiberius to complete an formidable watch pillar with an inside staircase all started via her husband. 31 The empress’s tasks adhered to an identical naming and commemorative customized. Procopius’s systematic undermining of Theodora’s accomplishments within the structures constitutes yet another argument for doubting his attribution of the portico. That Procopius hated Theodora isn't any mystery; he proved it via defaming her within the mystery background, a piece that has overshadowed all different sixth-century assets, specifically these favorable to the Augusta. 32 The pursuits of his constructions differed from these of the key background. structures was once written to compliment and account for Justinian’s accomplishments. 33 but even during this paintings composed for the emperor, Procopius’s prejudice opposed to Theodora seeps via. Comparisons with the rest epigraphic proof illustrate Procopius’s systematic exclusion in it of the empress’s and the emperor’s patronage. The epigraphic and literary fabric contains even more than Procopius sought after his readers to understand approximately Theodora’s construction projects. 34 His makes an attempt to erase or disguise them simply emphasize their value. determine ninety four Columns from the nave with capitals carved with Theodora’s (left) and Justinian’s monograms in medallions, accomplished 537, marble, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul. photograph: writer. Procopius obscured Theodora’s contributions to 3 key monuments of town: the Church of Hagia Sophia, the Church of Hagia Eirene, and the Church of SS. Sergius and Bacchus, heralding Hagia Sophia because the maximum of Justinian’s achievements. Theodora’s monogram, chiseled on a few of the church’s column capitals, occasionally alternating with that of Justinian, notwithstanding, unearths what Procopius omits (fig.

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