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By Richard J. A. Talbert,Fred S. Naiden

Mercury's Wings: Exploring Modes of communique within the historical World is the first-ever quantity of essays dedicated to historical communications. similar earlier paintings has been quite often restrained to articles on features of conversation within the Roman empire. This set of 18 essays with an creation by means of the co-editors marks a milestone, accordingly, that demonstrates the significance and wealthy additional strength of the subject. The authors, who contain paintings historians, Assyriologists, Classicists and Egyptologists, take the vast view of communications as a car not only for the transmission of data, but in addition for the behavior of faith, trade, and tradition. Encompassed inside of this scope are assorted reasons of conversation reminiscent of propaganda and occasion, in addition to revenue and management. every one essay offers with a communications community, or with a way or form of communique, or with the detailed positive aspects of non secular communique or conversation in and between huge empires.

The spatial, temporal, and cultural limitations of the amount soak up the close to East in addition to Greece and Rome, and canopy a interval of a few 2,000 years starting within the moment millennium BCE and finishing with the unfold of Christianity over the last centuries of the Roman Empire within the West. In all, approximately one region of the essays take care of the close to East, one region with Greece, one zone with Greece and Rome jointly, and one sector with the Roman empire and its Persian and Indian opponents. a few essays hindrance subject matters in cultural historical past, reminiscent of Greek song and Roman artwork; a few difficulty monetary background in either Mesopotamia and Rome; and a few quandary conventional old issues akin to international relations and warfare within the Mediterranean global. each one essay attracts on contemporary paintings within the thought of communications.

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