By Myles Lavan, Richard E. Payne, John Weisweiler
Desktop generated contents notice: -- desk of Contents -- record of individuals -- 1. Cosmopolitan Politics: The Assimilation and Subordination of Elite Cultures -- Myles Lavan, Richard Payne, John Weisweiler -- 2. Getting convinced: The Assyrian improvement of Elite attractiveness Ethics -- Seth Richardson -- three. Empire starts at domestic: neighborhood Elites and Imperial Ideologies in Hellenistic Greece and Babylonia -- Kathryn Stevens -- four. Hellenism, Cosmopolitanism and the position of Babylonian Elites within the Seleucid Empire -- Johannes Haubold -- five. in the direction of a Translocal Elite tradition within the Ptolemaic Empire -- Christelle Fischer-Bovet -- 6. what's Imperial Cosmopolitanism? -- Tamara Chin -- 7. "Father of the full Human Race": Ecumenical Language and the bounds of Elite Integration within the Early Roman Empire -- Myles Lavan -- eight. Making Romans: electorate, topics and Subjectivity in Republican Empire -- Clifford Ando -- nine. From Empire to international nation: Ecumenical Language and Cosmopolitan realization within the Later Roman Aristocracy -- John Weisweiler -- 10. Iranian Cosmopolitanism: international Religions on the Sasanian courtroom -- Richard Payne -- eleven. "Zum ewigen Frieden": Cosmopolitanism, comparability and Empire -- Peter Fibiger Bang -- Works mentioned -- Index
"The empires of the traditional close to East and Mediterranean invented cosmopolitan politics. within the first millennia BCE and CE, a succession of territorially large states integrated populations of extraordinary cultural variety. Cosmopolitanism and Empire lines the advance of cultural options during which empires controlled distinction so one can determine powerful, enduring regimes of domination. It makes a speciality of the kinfolk of imperial elites with culturally distinctive neighborhood elites, providing a comparative viewpoint at the various intensity and modalities of elite integration in 5 empires of the traditional close to East and Mediterranean. If cosmopolitanism has as a rule been studied except the imperial context, the essays accrued right here express that theories and practices that enabled ruling elites to go beyond cultural particularities have been integral for the institution and upkeep of trans-regional and trans-cultural political orders. because the first cosmopolitans, imperial elites looked ruling over culturally disparate populations as their vocation, and their skill to set up normative frameworks throughout cultural obstacles performed a necessary function within the consolidation in their energy. including an introductory bankruptcy which bargains a idea and historical past of the connection among empire and cosmopolitanism, the amount contains case experiences of Assyrian, Seleukid, Ptolemaic, Roman, and Iranian empires that research encounters among ruling sessions and their subordinates within the domain names of language and literature, faith, and the social imaginary. The contributions mix to demonstrate the dilemmas of distinction that imperial elites faced in addition to their options for resolving the cultural contradictions that their regimes precipitated."
"This quantity lines the improvement of cosmopolitan cultural thoughts in which old empires controlled distinction for you to determine regimes of domination. Its case stories of close to japanese and Mediterranean empires mix to illustrate the centrality of cosmopolitanism to the institution and persistence of trans-cultural political orders" Read more...
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Klinkott 2005: 47–54. 67 The ethno-â•‰class was relatively small, presumably one key to its cohesion, and in many areas satraps relied directly on the cooperation of non-â•‰Persian elites. 68 In Anatolia and Mesopotamia, too, local dynasts answered to Persian satraps. 71 Even the adoption of Persian practices could not undermine the fundamental difference—â•‰irreducibly rooted in genealogy—â•‰between the ethno-â•‰class and its subjects, as the continual reaffirmation of ethnic identities in administrative practice made plain.
522-â•‰486bce). It was the largest political formation the world had yet seen. Stretching from the Nile and the Balkans in the west to the Indus in the east, its regime encompassed a vast, polyglot population in the tens of millions and endured more than two centuries until the partial disintegration of its territories after Alexander’s death. While the Achaemenians drew extensively on Assyrian institutions, the key to the consolidation of Persian power across such culturally and geographically disparate territories was their novel approach to difference, rooted in their distinctive cosmological framework.
The Assyrians created an empire out of these Mesopotamian political models and structures. In the latter half of the second millennium bce, the city state of Aššur expanded to encompass the entirety of northern Mesopotamia in a political system that resembled the states of Ur III or Babylonia: culturally uniform, with an intensive administrative apparatus and a single political center. In the ninth century, however, the Assyrians not only conquered territories as far as the Euphrates but also subjected the Aramaean kingdoms beyond, beginning an expansionary era that would ultimately make the eighth-and seventh- century Assyrian kings rulers of an empire extending from the Persian Gulf across the Fertile Crescent to Egypt.