By Achim Mittag, Fritz-Heiner Mutschler
The essays in Conceiving the Empire discover the psychological photographs, principles, and symbolical representations of `empire' which built within the strongest political entities of antiquity: China and Rome. whereas the important concentration is on historiography, different similar fields also are explored: geography and cartography, epigraphy, artwork and structure, and, extra in general, political inspiration and the heritage of principles. Written by way of a collaborative workforce of specialists in Sinology and Classical reviews, the quantity focuses the eye of the rising self-discipline of East-West cross-cultural stories on a vital function of the traditional Mediterranean and chinese language worlds: the emergence of `empire' and the long-lasting impact of the `imperial' order.
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A Greek aristocrat wrote a detailed history of the crucial period between 240 and 144 bc to explicate how the Romans managed to establish their overlordship in most countries of the Mediterranean world and even surpassed the achievement of Alexander. g. Plutarch, Politica praecepta. That ‘politics’ was diVerent from royal administration is clear from public inscriptions of the Wrst century bc (Dittenberger 1915–20, no. 15). 29 Walbank 1974. City and Empire 17 army of a regional confederation in Greece which became involved in the war between the Macedonian monarchy and Rome.
3. 28. Ibid. 39. 20 Albrecht Dihle to buy voters and to stand their political rivalries. Cicero knew of this disease, but he seems to have been convinced that it could be healed, as a predominantly moral shortcoming, in the traditional frame of the republic. He gave the Wrst rank to Rome’s mixed constitution and stressed the democratic element thereof,40 the stronghold of civic liberty in his view, but also the decisive role of the statesman of outstanding moral qualities. This is reminiscent of Greek philosophy.
Conceiving the Empire: China and Rome Compared by Achim Mittag, Fritz-Heiner Mutschler