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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this bookLe pouvoir impérial dans les provinces syriennes: Représentations et célébrations d'Auguste à Constantin (31 av. J.-C.-337 ap. J.-C.) discusses the origin of the representations and celebrations of the Roman imperial power. Etymologically, the term representation comes from the Latin verb repraesentare to mean "making present". The chapter discusses the propaganda or ideological diffusion. The first meaning of the word "propaganda" is a priori religious. The chapter discusses how the figurative representations of the emperor transgress the boundaries between the virtual and the real through the manipulation of the images. The advantage of using figurative representations by the imperial power lies in the religious power of images and sanctifies the transgression of the boundaries between the real and the virtual. The main languages used by the Roman power in Syria were the Greek and Latin. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: ideological diffusion; priori religious; representation; Roman imperial power



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