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    Pseudo-Lucian’s Cnidian Aphrodite: A Statue of Flesh, Stone, and Words.Laura Bottenberg - 2020 - Millennium 17 (1):115-138.
    The aim of this paper is to analyse a literary response to antiquity’s most alluring work of art, the Cnidian Aphrodite. It argues that the ecphrasis of the statue in the Amores develops textual and verbal strategies to provoke in the recipients the desire to see the Cnidia, but eventually frustrates this desire. The ecphrasis thereby creates a discrepancy between the characters’ aesthetic experience of the statue and the visualisation and aesthetic experience of the recipients of the text. The erotic (...)
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  2. S. Grovus und Aya Yani – Zwei verschwundene Konstantinopeler Kirchen.Arne Effenberger - 2020 - Millennium 17 (1):323-343.
    This paper examines reports of Eremya Çelebi Kömürcüyan and Luigi Fernando Marsili on three churches still existing in the late seventeenth century. Their topographical informations are compared with early pictorial representations of Constantinople/İstanbul in order to check whether the churches can be identified with those depicted here. The church of Aya Yani mentioned by Eremya Çelebi must have been located south of the Stable Gate. Marsili describes a church near the Sultan’s stables and a further one inside the Seraglio Garden. (...)
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  3. Klassizistisch oder innovativ? Zur Rechtsprechung von Diokletians Reskriptenkanzlei.Jan Dirk Harke - 2020 - Millennium 17 (1):139-162.
    Modern research has established the prejudice that Diocletian focused on defending Roman law against the influence of primitive legal concepts of non-Roman origin and aimed to protect classical law from any kind of change. This is based, on the one hand, on circular textual criticism, which declared all innovations in the jurisprudence of Diocletian’s chancellery to be the result of later alterations of the primary texts, and, on the other hand, on the assumption that the parties to a dispute confronted (...)
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  4. Byzantinische Flotten in der venezianischen Lagune 806 – 810/811: Zu chronologisch-inhaltlicher Manipulation in den Annales regni Francorum. [REVIEW]Ewald Kislinger - 2020 - Millennium 17 (1):303-322.
    Between 806 and 811 three Byzantine fleets operated in the Venetian lagoon. We owe the informations about it to the Annales regni Francorum, which however manipulated the chronology and contents of the encounter with Pepin. The aim behind such doing was both, to present the Frankish actions in a favourable light and not to offend the Byzantines, since 811/12 on good terms with the Carolingians. The present contribution tries to re-establish the correct sequence of events.
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  5. The Roman Context of Early Islam.Mischa Meier - 2020 - Millennium 17 (1):265-302.
    The article tries to contribute to a more concrete embedding of early Islam into the context of late antique, in particular late Roman history. It takes its starting point in a description of the phenomenon of liturgification as an overarching process of religious permeation and internalization that swept across Eastern Roman society since the second half of the sixth century and saved society from collapse. During the early seventh century, when the Romans suffered from immense territorial losses to the Persians, (...)
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  6. Omnia in Melius Reformantur: Handelten Römische Kaiser Zukunftsorientiert?Eckhard Meyer-Zwiffelhoffer - 2020 - Millennium 17 (1):55-113.
    The paper seeks to examine whether Roman emperors legitimized their political actions with a view towards the future achievement of social and political order. The heuristic point of departure is Koselleck’s concept of ‚futures past‘ which has been widely discussed in early modern and medieval research while its applicability to prechristian antiquity is still unexplored. The example of the so-called reforms of Augustus and Diocletian reveals that even in response to severe crises in the Roman Empire the emperors did not (...)
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  7. „Meine Seele ist vom Sturm getrieben …“: Die Debatte um antike Kriegstraumata und posttraumatische Belastungsstörungen im Lichte eines spätantiken Briefes.Christian Rollinger & Patrick Reinard - 2020 - Millennium 17 (1):163-202.
    A contribution to a scholarly controversy that has been on-going for a quarter century now, this article provides a critical review of previous studies on the existence of post-traumatic stress disorders as a consequence of extreme violence in the ancient world. It highlights methodological difficulties in attempting to ‘diagnose’ psychological illnesses across a distance of more than two millennia by means of highly stylized literary texts. Simultaneously, it introduces crucial new evidence in the form of a late antique papyrus originally (...)
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  8. The Socio-Economic Impact of Raiding on the Eastern and Balkan Borderlands of the Eastern Roman Empire, 502 – 602.Alexander Sarantis - 2020 - Millennium 17 (1):203-264.
    This paper compares the socio-economic impact of warfare on two frontier zones of the sixth-century eastern Roman empire: the central and northern Balkans; and the northern Syrian-Mesopotamian and Armenian borderlands in the East. The theme of war damage is central to historical and archaeological work on the Balkans but plays a comparatively marginal role in research on the East. And yet the eastern provinces were affected by more intensive raiding by larger armies, and at least as regularly as the Balkans. (...)
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  9. „Die schönste griechische Stadt“. Syrakus bei Cicero und Silius Italicus.Christoph Schwameis - 2020 - Millennium 17 (1):35-53.
    Both in the fourth book of Cicero’s De signis and in the fourteenth book of Silius Italicus’ Punica, there are descriptions of the city of Syracuse at important points of the texts. In this paper, both descriptions are combined and for the first time thoroughly related. I discuss form and content of the accounts, show their functions in their oratorical and epic contexts and consider their similarities. The most important facets, where the descriptions coincide in, seem to be their link (...)
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  10. Demystifying Collapse: Climate, Environment, and Social Agency in Pre-Modern Societies.B. L. Turner, Jason Nesbitt, Lee Mordechai, Guy Middleton, Francis Ludlow, Adam Izdebski, Martin Medina-Elizalde, Warren Eastwood, Arlen F. Chase & John Haldon - 2020 - Millennium 17 (1):1-33.
    Collapse is a term that has attracted much attention in social science literature in recent years, but there remain substantial areas of disagreement about how it should be understood in historical contexts. More specifically, the use of the term collapse often merely serves to dramatize long-past events, to push human actors into the background, and to mystify the past intellectually. At the same time, since human societies are complex systems, the alternative involves grasping the challenges that a holistic analysis presents, (...)
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