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

Karen Radner


This book’s central thesis is simple: long-distance communication plays a key role in the cohesion and stability of early states and in turn, these states invest heavily in long-term communication strategies and networks. As reliable and fast long-distance communication facilitates the successful delegation of power from the center to the local administrations the creation and maintenance of the necessary infrastructure to support this is a key strategy of the central state, especially in the case of early empires where the need to control a geographically extensive region from a relatively sm ... More

Keywords: Empire, Early states, State cohesion, State communication, Long-distance communication, Postal service, Letter, Messenger, Envoy, Epistolography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199354771
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354771.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen Radner, editor
University College London