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By Andrew Gillett

Reading the function of envoys from the institution of the 1st ''barbarian kingdoms'' within the West, to the eve of Justinian's wars of reconquest, this research unearths how Roman imperial management prompted new styles of political interplay within the earliest medieval states. shut research of assets with particular curiosity in embassies deals perception right into a number of genres: chronicles, panegyrics, hagiographies, letters, and epitaphs. The learn will make an important contribution to the constructing box of historical and medieval verbal exchange.

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G. Constitutio of Honorius, 17 April 418, establishing the Concilium septem provincarum: vel honoratos confluere, vel mitti legatos . . si earum iudices occupatio certa tenuerit, sciant, legatos iuxta consuetudinem esse mittendos; MGH Epp. 3, 13–15. On provincial assemblies: Jones, LRE i, 763–6. 69 Imperial bureaucracy and provincial embassies were recognised as being complementary elements of administration. A subscriptio of the emperor Caracalla in 213 states that ‘those who are performing the duties of an embassy enjoy the same privilege as those who are absent on behalf of the state’.

5 Envoys and Political Communication, 411–533 behalf of their citizens; by and large, such provincial bodies had no military counterpart to their supplications. Other levels of public authority such as bishops, generals, and senior officials, barred from participation in modern diplomacy by the concept of national sovereignty, also dispatched and received embassies on important political issues. There is no differentiation in vocabulary between ‘internal’ embassies, such as provincial legations to government magistrates, and communications between heads of state; indeed, some of the most dramatic and detailed accounts of embassies describe ‘internal’ rather than ‘foreign’ embassies.

21 The western kingdoms were constantly in contact not only with each other and with the imperial court, but also with groups outside former imperial territories. In the collection of the official correspondence which he had 17 18 19 20 21 R. C. Blockley, East Roman Foreign Policy: Formation and Conduct from Diocletian to Anastasius (ARCA Classical and Medieval Texts, Papers and Monographs 30; Leeds, 1992). 17–20. Cf. the hyperbole of Sid. , Ep. 5, Carm. 45–54. ), On Barbarian Identity. g. B. Croke, ‘Anatolius and Nomus, Envoys to Attila’, Byzantinoslavica 42 (1981), 159–70.

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