Cosmopolitanism and empire universal rulers, local elites, by Myles Lavan, Richard E. Payne, John Weisweiler

By Myles Lavan, Richard E. Payne, John Weisweiler

Desktop generated contents be aware: -- 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

"The empires of the traditional close to East and Mediterranean invented cosmopolitan politics. within the first millennia BCE and CE, a succession of territorially huge states integrated populations of remarkable cultural range. Cosmopolitanism and Empire strains the improvement of cultural suggestions by which empires controlled distinction which will identify potent, enduring regimes of domination. It makes a speciality of the family members of imperial elites with culturally unique neighborhood elites, delivering a comparative point of view at the various intensity and modalities of elite integration in 5 empires of the traditional close to East and Mediterranean. If cosmopolitanism has commonly been studied except the imperial context, the essays accrued the following exhibit 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 potential to set up normative frameworks throughout cultural limitations performed an essential position within the consolidation in their strength. including an introductory bankruptcy which bargains a concept and historical past of the connection among empire and cosmopolitanism, the amount comprises case stories of Assyrian, Seleukid, Ptolemaic, Roman, and Iranian empires that learn encounters among ruling periods 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 recommendations for resolving the cultural contradictions that their regimes precipitated."

"This quantity lines the advance of cosmopolitan cultural options in which historic empires controlled distinction on the way to identify regimes of domination. Its case reviews 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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The chapters that follow present case studies of universal rulers and local elites managing the problems of cultural difference in successive empires. They vary in their focus, their selection of evidence, and their methodology. But they return again and again to a core set of questions. How did universal rulers define themselves in relation to the populations they ruled? How did they invite local elites to see their place in the imperial order? How did local elites refashion themselves in the course of their encounter with the imperial regime?

Garsoïan 1997, Herman 2012, 239–╉57, Payne 2015. 28 28 Cosmopolitanism and Empire by imperial and local elites in manifold local contexts throughout the Roman world. Regardless of their differences, each of these transcultural normative frameworks gave local elites the capacity to act authoritatively and legitimately from the perspective of both the imperial elite and the local population they were encharged to manage, at least in empires that endured. The practice of cosmopolitanism translated the fundamental problem of distance and difference into assets, by facilitating the exploitation of ever larger populations and territories.

16 16 Cosmopolitanism and Empire In seeking to collect the knowledge of the empire’s population, the celebrated library of Aššurbanipal (r. 666‒625 bce) embodied the universalist aspirations of the Assyrians. ”48 To rule these disparate populations and territories, the conquerors adopted two distinct strategies. Within the imperial core between the Euphrates and the Zagros, the so-​called “land of Aššur,” they practiced a politics of erasure: local elites were displaced and deported, and Assyrian officials and administrative structures were installed in their place.

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