State Correspondence in the Ancient World: From New Kingdom Egypt to the Roman Empire

Hardcover | March 6, 2014

EditorKaren Radner

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This book introduces the reader to the state correspondences of centralized states and empires of the Mediterranean and the Middle East from the 15th century BC to the 6th century AD, and analyses their role in ensuring the success and stability of these geographically extensive state systems.Letters play an important role in the cohesion of early empires, by enabling reliable and confidential long-distance communication and by facilitating the successful delegation of power from the central administration to the provinces - challenges that in the absence of major technological advancesremain constants of government throughout this long period. State Correspondence in the Ancient World brings together primary sources from New Kingdom Egypt, the Hittite kingdom, the Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid empires, the Hellenistic world and the Imperium Romanum. This study's goals are twofold: Firstly, to describe the available material and its original context and transmission: what do we have and what don't we have - and why? And, secondly, to highlight these correspondences' role in maintaining empires, using a comparative approach in order to draw outsimilarities and differences. The volume is an edited collection of nine chapters written by established scholars with first-hand expertise in working with the source materials: papyri, clay tablets, inscriptions and law codices written in Akkadian (Assyrian and Babylonian), Aramaic, Egyptian, Greek, Hittite and Latin. Thisunique collection will be enormously useful to students and scholars of ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern, and Mediterranean history.

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This book introduces the reader to the state correspondences of centralized states and empires of the Mediterranean and the Middle East from the 15th century BC to the 6th century AD, and analyses their role in ensuring the success and stability of these geographically extensive state systems.Letters play an important role in the cohes...

Karen Radner is Professor of Ancient Near Eastern History at University College London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 6, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Figures and TablesContributorsKaren Radner: Introduction: Long-Distance Communication and the Cohesion of Early Empires1. Jana Mynarova: Egyptian state correspondence of the New Kingdom: the letters of the Levantine client kings in the Amarna correspondence and contemporary evidence2. Mark Weeden: State correspondence in the Hittite World3. Karen Radner: An imperial communication network: the state correspondence of the Neo-Assyrian Empire4. Michael Jursa: The lost state correspondence of the Babylonian Empire as reflected in contemporary administrative letters5. Amelie Kuhrt: State communications in the Persian Empire6. Alice Bencivenni: The king's words: Hellenistic royal letters in inscriptions7. Simon Corcoran: State correspondence in the Roman empire from Augustus to JustinianBibliographyIndex