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3. Ritualized Encounters: Late Roman Diplomacy and the Barbarians, Fifth–Sixth Century

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Justin II. Corippus's poetic account is extremely elaborate on the rhetoric and sumptuous in its visual imagery. He has relatively little to say about diplomatic ceremonial. There is, of course, a lot of evidence about the many aspects of Roman-barbarian encounters: battles and triumphs, embassies and negotiations, letters and gift exchange, threats and reprisals, deditiones and treaties, rhetoric and symbolic communication, stereotypes and pictorial representations. Corippus creates the image of barbarians overwhelmed by the splendour of the imperial palace and reduced to the role of awe-ridden supplicants; they are not depicted as participants sharing in a diplomatic ceremony. The reports of Byzantine embassies at barbarian courts are somewhat richer in circumstantial detail than those about barbarian envoys in Constantinople. A ritual community disposes of a kind of shared grammar of ritual action that allows for a relatively error-free ritual communication.

Keywords: barbarians; Constantinople; diplomatic ceremony; Justin II. Corippus; ritual community; Roman diplomacy



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