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Cosmopolis: Imagining Community in Late Classical Athens and the Early Roman Empire

Daniel S. Richter


This is a book about the ways in which various intellectuals in the post-classical Mediterranean imagined the human community as a unified, homogenous whole composed of a diversity of parts. More specifically, this study explores the ways in which authors of the second century ce adopted and adapted a particular ethnic and cultural discourse that had been elaborated by late fifth- and fourth-century bce Athenian intellectuals. At the center of this book is a series of contests over the meaning of lineage and descent and the extent to which the political community is or ought to be coterminous ... More

Keywords: cosmopolitanism, political philosophy, ethnicity, Second Sophistic, Stoicism, historical reception, ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199772681
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772681.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel S. Richter, author
University of Southern California
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