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L'empereur tardo-antique à table : la commensalité impériale du IIIème au VIème siècle ap. J.-C.

Abstract : During Antiquity, Roman emperors were often represented at table, with family, among friends, or at ceremonial banquets with Roman or foreign dignitaries. This attention paid by ancient authors to these banquets was merely a reflection of the importance of the banquet in the Roman way of life and, in the case of the imperial banquet, its role in the exercise of power and the social life of the court. However, this social act which response to precise codes and organization has never been systematically studied for Late Antiquity (3rd-6th century AD). This thesis consists of considering for the first time the Late Antique imperial banquet in all its aspects (material, social, ceremonial, political, etc.) but not only. During our research, it became apparent that sources not only mentioned banquets that could sometimes be described as "official", but also other commensal practices and, above all, various images of "good" or "bad" eaters integrated into imperial portraits. These elements were therefore also included in this study because they fully contributed to the understanding of the context that may have surrounded the reign of the late emperors. The main problem of this thesis is not only to analyze Late Antique imperial commensality in the broadest sense, i.e. commensal practices and their representations, but also to examine the possible developments that they may have undergone during Late Antiquity as a result of the social and political upheavals that punctuated this period, both in the West and in the East.
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Manon Houbre. L'empereur tardo-antique à table : la commensalité impériale du IIIème au VIème siècle ap. J.-C.. Histoire. Université de Lorraine, 2021. Français. ⟨NNT : 2021LORR0079⟩. ⟨tel-03282436⟩



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