Year of Graduation
Transformation of the Romanitas in the Byzantine Imperial Imagery
Applied and Interdisciplinary History "Usable Pasts"
My research focuses on the transformation of the roman identity or Romanistas of the Eastern Roman emperors or Byzantine emperors through their imperial imagery. I utilise visuals sources such as images of mosaics, coins, seals and illustrated manuscripts to locate the reasons for this transformation. Also, I try to find the reason and the break in the transformation of their representation through specific visual factors such as the beard. I argue that the beard had a significant role to play in imperial portraiture than just being a mere symbol. Along these lines, I try to draw parallels between imperial imagery and political power of the emperor. I also place the importance of the imperial costume in the wider area of power politics and visual culture. I connect my findings in the broader concept of identity politics and imperial power.