Fear and fury in the streets of town

the government of Gallus Caesar at Antioch (351-354 AD)

  • Gilvan Ventura da Silva Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (Ufes)
Keywords: Late Antiquity, Antioch, Space, Gallus Caesar, Ancient Rome

Abstract

Being a familiar space to the passers-by, the streets of a town are frequently converted into a dangerous, hostile, threatening space due to the frequency and intensity of the violent acts that they support and the surveil­lance which tries to control the daily routine of the social agents, catching them in a net of micro powers that often spreads from the public space and reaches even the private houses. In Late Antiquity, an episode seems to illustrate this possibility of converting the town and its streets into a notable support for the discretionary deployment of power through violence and conflict. We mention here the sojourn of Gallus Caesar at Antioch between 351 and 354 AD, when the metropolis of the Syrian province was governed by a ruler who, in order to consolidate his position, did not hesitate to put at risk the urban order.

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Author Biography

Gilvan Ventura da Silva, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (Ufes)

Doutor em História pela Universidade de São Paulo, bolsista produtividade 1-C do CNPq e pesquisador do Laboratório de Estudos sobre o Império Romano (Leir). No momento, executa o projeto Protesto, trabalho e festa na cidade pós-clássica: a ocupação da rua pela população de Antioquia (séc. IV e V d.C.)

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Published
2019-11-21
How to Cite
Silva, G. (2019). Fear and fury in the streets of town. Revista Do Museu De Arqueologia E Etnologia, (32), 18-32. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.2448-1750.revmae.2019.164176