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The Dynamics of Ancient Empires: State Power from Assyria to Byzantium
Transcending ethnic, linguistic & religious boundaries, early empires shaped 1000s of years of history. Yet despite the global prominence of empire, individual cases are often studied in isolation. This series changes the debate's terms by promoting cross-cultural, comparative & transdisciplinary perspectives on imperial state formation prior to European colonial e ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 30th 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published December 12th 2008)
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Apr 23, 2013 Erik Graff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: antiquity fans
Recommended to Erik by: Marty Miller
Writing reviews of books which assemble articles by a variety of authors is difficult, thorough treatment requiring coverage of each piece. This volume, arising from “a series of conferences sponsored by Stanford University's Social Science History Institute,” brings together several academic disciplines and seven authors in seven essays broadly covering the dynamics of states and empires in the ancient world. The entities focused upon are the Neo-Assyrian, Achaemenid, Athenian, Roman and Byzan ...more
A discussion of the systems of rule and rulership in the ancient empires of the Near East and Western Europe. However, like nearly all edited academic volumes, it lacks consistency of discourse and ranges over many subjects. In particular, although the objective of the volume is to set the stage for a comparative analysis of state power in the ancient world, there is no real attempt to do so systematically across the chapters, and the individual chapter authors are left to range freely in their ...more