Order, Legitimacy, and Wealth in Ancient States / Edition 1
  • Order, Legitimacy, and Wealth in Ancient States / Edition 1
  • Order, Legitimacy, and Wealth in Ancient States / Edition 1

Order, Legitimacy, and Wealth in Ancient States / Edition 1

by Janet Richards
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521776716

ISBN-13: 9780521776714

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In a very influential paper published in 1994, John Baines and Norman Yoffee produced the first analysis to examine the impact of wealth and high culture on the development of states. The contributors to this book apply that model to a range of ancient states around the world, providing evidence on the production and uses of "high culture," literature and

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In a very influential paper published in 1994, John Baines and Norman Yoffee produced the first analysis to examine the impact of wealth and high culture on the development of states. The contributors to this book apply that model to a range of ancient states around the world, providing evidence on the production and uses of "high culture," literature and monumental architecture. There are chapters on Mesoamerica, the Andes, the Indus Valley, China, and Greece, while others expand on the original Egypt-Mesopotamia comparison.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521776714
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
New Directions in Archaeology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
177
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Order, Legitimacy, and Wealth in Ancient States: 1. Introduction: ideology, wealth, and the comparative study of 'civilizations' Mary Van Buren and Janet Richards; 2. Order, legitimacy, and wealth: setting the terms John Baines and Norman Yoffee; Part II. Civilizations in Comparative Perspective: 3. Society and individual in Early Egypt David O'Connor; 4. Modified order, responsive legitimacy, redistributed wealth: Egypt, 2260–1650 BC Janet Richards; 5. Law courts and the mediation of social conflict in ancient Mesopotamia Norman Yoffee; 6. High culture, Mesoamerican civilization, and the classic Maya tradition Rosemary A. Joyce; 7. Political fragmentation and ideological continuity in the Andean highlands Mary Van Buren; 8. Wealth and socio-economic hierarchies of the Indus Valley civilization Jonathan Mark Kenoyer; 9. Classical order, alternative orders, and the uses of nostalgia Susan E. Alcock; 10. Order, legitimacy, and wealth in ancient China Bennet Bronson; Part III. Conclusions: 11. The politics of high culture: issues of worth and rank Elizabeth M. Brumfiel.

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