Cosmopolis (Innbundet)

Imagining Community in Late Classical Athens and the Early Roman Empire

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Innbinding: Innbundet
Utgivelsesår: 2011
Antall sider: 304
Forlag: Oxford University Press Inc
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN/EAN: 9780199772681
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Omtale: Cosmopolis
This is a book about the ways in which various intellectuals in the post-classical Mediterranean imagined the human community as a unified, homogenous whole composed of a diversity of parts. More specifically, it explores how authors of the second century CE adopted and adapted a particular ethnic and cultural discourse that had been elaborated by late fifth- and fourth-century BCE Athenian intellectuals. At the center of this book is a series of contests over the meaning of lineage and descent and the extent to which the political community is or ought to be coterminous with what we might call a biologically homogenous collectivity. The study suggests that early imperial intellectuals found in late classical and early Hellenistic thought a way of accommodating the claims of both ethnicity and culture in a single discourse of communal identity. The idea of the unity of humankind evolved in the fifth and fourth centuries as a response to and an engine for the creation of a rapidly shrinking and in

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