Envoys and Political Communication in the Late Antique West, 411-533

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CONTENTS
List of tables pagevii
Prefaceix
List of abbreviationsxi
Chronological tablexviii
Mapsxxiii
1EMBASSIES AND POLITICAL COMMUNICATION IN THE POST-IMPERIAL WEST1
  Introduction1
  The framework and conventions of embassies in the classical world11
   Classical Greece11
   Republican and imperial Rome17
  Contemporary perspectives26
2THE PROVINCIAL VIEW OF HYDATIUS36
  Hydatius and embassies37
  Patterns of contact53
   Gallaecian provincials and imperial and royal authorities55
   Sueves and external affairs63
   Vandal diplomacy67
   Multiple embassies70
  A model of political communication in the barbarian kingdoms73
3THE HERO AS ENVOY: SIDONIUS APOLLINARIS' PANEGYRIC ON AVITUS84
  The circumstances of the Panegyric87
  Panegyric and propaganda91
  Themes and plot of the Panegyric94
   The portrayal of the envoy108

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