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Cosmopolitanism and Empire: Universal Rulers, Local Elites, and Cultural Integration in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean

Myles Lavan, Richard E. Payne, and John Weisweiler

Abstract

The empires of the ancient Near East and Mediterranean invented cosmopolitan politics. In the first millennia BCE and CE, a succession of territorially extensive states incorporated populations of unprecedented cultural diversity. This volume traces the development of cultural techniques through which empires managed difference in order to establish effective, enduring regimes of domination. It focuses on the relations of imperial elites with culturally distinct local elites, offering a comparative perspective on the varying depth and modalities of elite integration in five empires of the anci ... More

Keywords: empire, cosmopolitanism, elites, Assyrian empire, Seleucid empire, Ptolemaic empire, Roman empire, Iranian empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190465667
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190465667.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Myles Lavan, author
Senior Lecturer in Ancient History, University of St. Andrews

Richard E. Payne, author
Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

John Weisweiler, author
Assistant Professor of Ancient History, University of Tübingen