Conceiving the Empire: China and Rome Compared

Hardcover | November 13, 2008

EditorFritz-Heiner Mutschler, Achim Mittag

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The essays in Conceiving the Empire explore the mental images, ideas, and symbolical representations of `empire' which developed in the two most powerful political entities of antiquity: China and Rome. While the central focus is on historiography, other related fields are also explored:geography and cartography, epigraphy, art and architecture, and, more generally, political thought and the history of ideas. Written by a collaborative team of experts in Sinology and Classical Studies, the volume focuses the attention of the emerging discipline of East-West cross-cultural studieson an essential feature of the ancient Mediterranean and Chinese worlds: the emergence of `empire' and the enduring influence of the `imperial' order.

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The essays in Conceiving the Empire explore the mental images, ideas, and symbolical representations of `empire' which developed in the two most powerful political entities of antiquity: China and Rome. While the central focus is on historiography, other related fields are also explored:geography and cartography, epigraphy, art and ar...

Fritz-Heiner Mutschler is Professor of Classics at Dresden University. Achim Mittag is Professor of Chinese Studies at Tubingen University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.24 inPublished:November 13, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199214646

ISBN - 13:9780199214648

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Table of Contents

I. The Birth of the Imperial OrderA. The Idea of `Empire': Its Genesis before and its Unfolding after the Emergence of the Empire1. Albrecht Dihle: City and Empire2. Zhu Weizheng: Interlude: Kingship and Empire3. Michael Nylan: The Rhetoric of `Empire' in the Classical Era in ChinaB. Historiography and the Emerging Empire1. Yuri Pines: Imagining the Empire? Concepts of `Primeval Unity' in Pre-Imperial Historiographic Tradition2. Huang Yang and Fritz-Heiner Mutschler: The Emergence of Empire: Rome and the Surrounding World in Historical Narratives from the Late Third Century BC to the Early First Century ADII.The Firmly Established EmpireA. Imperial Grandeur and Historiography a la Grande1. Fritz-Heiner Mutschler: The Problem of `Imperial Historiography' in Rome2. Achim Mittag: Forging Legacy: The Pact between Empire and Historiography in Ancient ChinaB.The Spatial Dimension of the Unified World: Imperial Geography and Cartographical Representations1. Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer: Mapping China. The Spatial Dimension of the Unified World: Imperial Geography and Cartographical Representations in Early Imperial China2. Katherine Clarke: Text and Image: Mapping the Roman WorldC. Self-Image and the Formation of Imperial Rhetorics1. Martin Kern: Announcements from the Mountains: The Stele Inscriptions of the Qin First Emperor2. Christian Witschel: The Res Gestae Divi Augusti and the Roman EmpireD. The Power of Images: Imperial Order and Imperial Aura as Represented in Art and Architecture1. Rolf Michael Schneider: Image and Empire: The Shaping of Augustan Rome2. Michele Pirazzoli-t'Serstevens: Imperial Aura and the Image of the Other in Han ArtIII. The Waning of the Imperial OrderA. History-Writing in the Face of Crisis1. Hans Armin Gartner and Ye Min: The Impact of the Empire's Crises on Historiography and Historical Thinking in Late Antiquity2. Achim Mittag and Ye Min: Empire on the Brink: From the Demise of the Han Dynasty to the Fall of the Liang Dynasty. Notes on Chinese Historiography in the Wei-Jin-Nanbeichao PeriodB. When the Imperial Order Disintegrates: Rethinking the `Empire' under Religious Auspices1. Gerard O'Daly: New Tendencies, Religious and Philosophical, in the Roman Empire of the Third to Early Fifth Centuries2. Thomas Jansen: New Tendencies, Religious and Philosophical, in the Chinese World of the Third through Sixth CenturiesEpilogue