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The essays in Conceiving the Empire explore the mental images, ideas, and symbolical representations of 'empire' which developed in the two most powerful political entities of antiquity: China and Rome. While the central focus is on historiography, other related fields are also explored: geography and cartography, epigraphy, art and architecture, and, more generally, political thought and the history of ideas. Written by a collaborative team of experts in Sinology and Classical Studies, the volume focuses the attention of the emerging discipline of East-West cross-cultural studies on an essential feature of the ancient Mediterranean and Chinese worlds: the emergence of 'empire' and the enduring influence of the 'imperial' order.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199214648
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/25/2009
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Fritz-Heiner Mutschler is Professor of Classics at Dresden University. Achim Mittag is Professor of Chinese Studies at Tübingen University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables

Pt. I The Birth of the Imperial Order

A The Idea of 'Empire': Its Genesis before and its Unfolding after the Emergence of the Empire

B Historiography and the Emerging Empire

Pt. II The Firmly Established Empire

A Imperial Grandeur and Historiography a la Grande

B The Spatial Dimension of the United World: Imperial Geography and Cartographical Representations

C Self-Image and the Formation of Imperial Rhetorics

D The Power of Images: Imperial Order and Imperial Aura as Represented in Art and Architecture

Pt. III The Waning of the Imperial Order

A History Writing in the Face of Crisis

B When the Imperial Order Disintegrates: Rethinking the 'Empire' under Religious Auspices

Epilogue

Chronological Table

Maps of Ancient China and Rome

Glossary of Chinese Characters

Index of Names

Index of Subjects

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