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All the successive Empires of the First Millennium BCE, in one form or another, claim to guarantee the collective well-being of the people living on their territory. Furthermore, providing this welfare to human beings is the main clause of the Kings contract with the gods, and hence, is the corner stone of the legitimation of their authority as rulers. What are we missing if we dismiss these claims as solely rhetorical and directed to an elite audience? Can we consider them as principles that guided concrete policies towards the population, as principles that were binding to the political elite itself?
FECHA /DATE/DATA: 01-02-03/10/2020
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires, University of Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Caroline Wallis (University of Helsinki); Marta Lorenzon (University of Helsinki); Sebastian Fink (University of Innsbruck).
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