Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Cosmopolitanism and EmpireUniversal Rulers, Local Elites, and Cultural Integration in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Myles Lavan, Richard E. Payne, and John Weisweiler

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190465667

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190465667.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 01 December 2020

Cosmopolitan Politics

Cosmopolitan Politics

The Assimilation and Subordination of Elite Cultures

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Cosmopolitan Politics
Source:
Cosmopolitanism and Empire
Author(s):

Myles Lavan

Richard E. Payne

John Weisweiler

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190465667.003.0001

This chapter offers a comparative perspective on the depth and modalities of elite integration in ancient empires. Its interest is in the ways in which the ruling groups of empires (universal rulers) bridged the distance and difference that divided them from the preexisting concentrations of power (local elites) on whom they relied. It argues that cosmopolitanism—a complex of practices and ideals that enabled certain individuals not only to cross cultural boundaries but also to establish an enduring normative framework across them—was an indispensable instrument of imperial rule. The chapter distinguishes between two forms of cosmopolitan politics. Assimilation works by eliding the cultural difference between universal rulers and local elites, whereas subordination operates by recognizing, preserving, and organizing difference..

Keywords:   cosmopolitanism, elites, empire, assimilation, subordination

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .