Because Empire Means Forever: Babylon and Imperial Disposition

  • Seth RichardsonEmail author
Part of the Universal- und kulturhistorische Studien. Studies in Universal and Cultural History book series (UUKS)


Having to use the term “empire” to describe Mesopotamian states prior to the first millennium (And specifically prior to the undeniably imperial expansionist Assyrian state before 910 bc.) can cause Assyriologists to shift uncomfortably in their seats. The heroic word fits poorly on the skinny frames of Uruk, Ur, and maybe even Akkad: these states are either not large enough, long-lived enough (hence this volume’s attention to “short-term empires”), or internally coordinated enough to seem to fully qualify.


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  1. 1.University of ChicagoUniversity of ChicagoUSA

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