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Title Cosmopolitanism and empire : universal rulers, local elites, and cultural integration in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean / edited by Myles Lavan, Richard E. Payne, John Weisweiler.
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2016.

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Series Oxford studies in early empires
Oxford studies in early empires.
Subject Cosmopolitanism -- History -- Case studies.
Imperialism -- History -- Case studies.
Elite (Social sciences) -- History -- Case studies.
Power (Social sciences) -- History -- Case studies.
Political science -- History -- To 1500.
Civilization, Ancient.
Middle East -- History -- To 622.
Middle East -- Politics and government.
Mediterranean Region -- Politics and government.
Alt Name Lavan, Myles, 1977-
Payne, Richard E., 1981-
Weisweiler, John,
Description 1 online resource
Summary "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. Cosmopolitanism and Empire 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 ancient Near East and Mediterranean. If cosmopolitanism has normally been studied apart from the imperial context, the essays gathered here show that theories and practices that enabled ruling elites to transcend cultural particularities were indispensable for the establishment and maintenance of trans-regional and trans-cultural political orders. As the first cosmopolitans, imperial elites regarded ruling over culturally disparate populations as their vocation, and their capacity to establish normative frameworks across cultural boundaries played a vital role in the consolidation of their power. Together with an introductory chapter which offers a theory and history of the relationship between empire and cosmopolitanism, the volume includes case studies of Assyrian, Seleukid, Ptolemaic, Roman, and Iranian empires that analyze encounters between ruling classes and their subordinates in the domains of language and literature, religion, and the social imaginary. The contributions combine to illustrate the dilemmas of difference that imperial elites confronted as well as their strategies for resolving the cultural contradictions that their regimes precipitated."-- Provided by publisher.
"This volume traces the development of cosmopolitan cultural techniques through which ancient empires managed difference in order to establish regimes of domination. Its case studies of Near Eastern and Mediterranean empires combine to demonstrate the centrality of cosmopolitanism to the establishment and endurance of trans-cultural political orders"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Contents Cover; Cosmopolitanism and Empire; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Contributors; 1 Cosmopolitan Politics: The Assimilation and Subordination of Elite Cultures; 2 Getting Confident: The Assyrian Development of Elite Recognition Ethics; 3 Empire Begins at Home: Local Elites and Imperial Ideologies in Hellenistic Greece and Babylonia; 4 Hellenism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Role of Babylonian Elites in the Seleucid Empire; 5 Toward a Translocal Elite Culture in the Ptolemaic Empire; 6 What Is Imperial Cosmopolitanism? Revisiting Kosmopolites and Mundanus
7 "Father of the Whole Human Race": Ecumenical Language and the Limits of Elite Integration in the Early Roman Empire8 Making Romans: Citizens, Subjects, and Subjectivity in Republican Empire; 9 From Empire to World-​State: Ecumenical Language and Cosmopolitan Consciousness in the Later Roman Aristocracy; 10 Iranian Cosmopolitanism: World Religions at the Sasanian Court; 11 "Zum ewigen Frieden": Cosmopolitanism, Comparison, and Empire; Works Cited; Index
ISBN 9780190465674 (electronic bk.)
0190465670 (electronic bk.)
9780190465681
0190465689
9780190465667 (hardback)
0190465662
OCLC # 949554138
Additional Format Print version: Cosmopolitanism and empire. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2016 9780190465667 (DLC) 2016003105