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Remarques sur les domaines impériaux

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This chapter discusses the symbolism, space modeling and production of a landscape in the Roman territorial empire. The representations of imperial power existed within a framework produced by social actors, mostly cities, representatives of the central government and individuals. The chapter presents an overview on the memory and monumental perfection. Among the ancients, it seems that the search for an ideal of perfection that can govern artistic creation, architectural or Scripture is a call for universal mediation of divine between the earthly and the heavenly world. The chapter discusses the religious function of gantry streets and a privileged expression of the imperial evergetism in the Roman territorial empire. It concludes that the Syrian cities could rarely compensate for all the construction costs of these lavish porticoed streets, which often explains the use of imperial finance. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: imperial power; monumental perfection; Roman territorial empire; symbolism; Syrian cities



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