“In oculis lenitatis”. Amable y complaciente: la bondad de carácter en la representación oficial de Constantino
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In order to define and disseminate the public image of the emperor, it was common to emphasize he had certain qualities, among others, magnanimity and generosity. In this sense he could be usually described as affable, and the kingdom of Constantine was especially signified for that. In his time, it was used a diversity of terms, several commonly utilized by the traditional imperial channels of promotion, but also others of extraordinary use that were useful as complement of the main virtues. From this point of view lenitas is confirmed in different means of his official communication, such as it is possible to verify in imperial constitutions, panegyrici and inscriptions.
keywordsemperor’s virtues; lenitas; Constantine; Codex Theodosianus; Panegyrici Latini.
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