By Diliana N. Angelova
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 equipped environment—helped legitimize the authority of the emperor and his kin. The discourse coalesced round the crucial suggestion, sure to a fable of origins, that imperial women and men have been sacred founders of the land, reflect pictures of the empire’s divine founders. whilst Constantine and his ambitious mom Helena validated a brand new capital for the Roman Empire, they initiated the Christian transformation of this discourse by means of brilliantly reformulating the founding fantasy. through the years, this change empowered imperial ladies, bolstered the cult of the Virgin Mary, fueled contests among church and country, and provoked an arresting synthesis of imperial and Christian paintings. Sacred Founders offers a daring interpretive framework that finds deep continuities among the traditional and medieval worlds, recovers a forgotten transformation in girl imperial strength, and gives a amazing reinterpretation of early Christian paintings.