MAIASP. 2022. No. 14

M.A. Vedeshkin (Moscow, Russia)

Family and Authority: Reflections on the dynastic policy of Constantine I

DOI: 10.53737/2713-2021.2022.71.56.013

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The article is a polemical review of I.A. Mirolyubovs monograph Dynastic Policy of Emperor Constantine the Great. The book brings to the academic discussion several topics, including the thesis that the dynastic policy of Constantine sharply breaks with the practices of Diocletians tetrarchy and the hypothesis that during the reign of the first Christian Augustus, the state authority laid not in the hands of one person, but in the entire imperial family. The review examines the general structure of the work, analyzes the main arguments of the author, and outlines some promising directions for further research into the process of the transformation of the Roman Empire at the dawn of Late Antiquity.

Key words: Late Antiquity, Early Byzantium, Constantine I, the tetrarchy, dynastic politics.

Received August 16, 2022

Accepted for publication August 30, 2022

About the author:

Vedeshkin Mikhail Alexandrovich (Moscow, Russia). PhD (History), Institute of World History of Russian Academy of Sciences; Institute of Social Sciences of Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation