Download e-book for iPad: Cosmopolis: Imagining Community in Late Classical Athens and by Daniel S. Richter

By Daniel S. Richter

ISBN-10: 0199772681

ISBN-13: 9780199772681

it is a booklet concerning the ways that a variety of intellectuals within the post-classical Mediterranean imagined the human group as a unified, homogenous entire composed of a range of components. extra in particular, it explores how authors of the second one century CE followed and tailored a specific ethnic and cultural discourse that were elaborated via overdue 5th- and fourth-century BCE Athenian intellectuals. on the middle of this ebook is a chain of contests over the that means of lineage and descent and the level to which the political group is or should be coterminous with what we would name a biologically homogenous collectivity. The research means that early imperial intellectuals present in past due classical and early Hellenistic suggestion a manner of accommodating the claims of either ethnicity and tradition in one discourse of communal identification. the assumption of the harmony of humankind developed within the 5th and fourth centuries as a reaction to and an engine for the construction of a speedily shrinking and more and more built-in oikoumenê . The elevated presence of outsiders within the classical city-state in addition to the construction of resources of authority that lay outdoor of the polis destabilized the assumption of the polis as a family members team (natio). starting within the early fourth century and gaining nice momentum within the wake of Alexander's conquest of the East, conventional dichotomies comparable to Greek and barbarian misplaced a lot in their explanatory strength. within the second-century CE, in contrast, the empire of the Romans imposed a political house that was once imagined through many to be coterminous with the oikoumenê itself. one of many vital claims of this examine is that the different types of cosmopolitan and ecumenical suggestion that emerged in either moments did in order responses to the concept that the natio - the relations workforce - is (or must be) the root for any human collectivity.

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