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Synesius' "De regno" and Byzantine Imperial ideology during the Vth and Vlth centuries

Abstract : The aim of the thesis is the analysis of the influence of Synesius’ De regno on the development of political theory during the Vth and VIth centuries. Firstly, the definition of Synesius’ political ideology in the context of his neoplatonic and christian Alexandrian paideia is taken into account. In order to understand the role played by Synesius’ De regno in the transmission of ancient political topoi, an investigation on some representative proto-byzantine works on political science (Procopius Gazaeus’ Panegyricus to the Emperor Anastasius, Agapetus’ Advice to the Emperor, the anonymus Dialogue on Political Science and John the Lydian’s On powers, or, The magistracies of the Roman state) is proposed. The conclusions try to focus on the impact of Synesius’ De regno in the evolution of proto-byzantine political theories and rhetorics during the Vth century up to Justinian’s times thanks to the individuation of quotations, allusions and literary patterns of continuity in the works previously analysed.
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Maria Consiglia Alvino. Synesius' "De regno" and Byzantine Imperial ideology during the Vth and Vlth centuries. Literature. Université de Strasbourg, 2017. Italian. ⟨NNT : 2017STRAC033⟩. ⟨tel-01830414⟩

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