Ancient States and Infrastructural Power examines how early states built their territorial, legal, and political powers before they had the capacity to enforce them. Contributors trace how state power first developed from the Andes to China, from Babylon to Rome.
Clifford Ando is the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor and Professor of Classics, History, and Law at the University of Chicago and Research Fellow in the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies at the University of South Africa. Seth Richardson is an Assyriologist and historian and serves as managing editor of the Journal of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago.
"This book is an enormously valuable and interesting enterprise. It offers persuasive and provocative interpretations of the operations and effectiveness of state power in the ancient world."—Neville Morley, University of Exeter