RADNER, Karen, (ed.),
State Correspondence in the Ancient World. From New Kingdom Egypt to the Roman Empire.
Oxford University Press, Oxford (...), 2014. IX,306p. Hard bound with dust wrps. ‘The book edited by Radner is the result of a project at University College London, resulting in a volume with seven contributions, of which the final one (by Simon Corcoran) discusses the ‘State Correspondence in the Roman Empire: Imperial Communication from Augustus to Justinian’, the penultimate one ‘The King’s Words: Hellenistic Royal Letters in Inscriptions’ (Alice Bencivenni). The remaining five are generally much more connected to the (Late Bronze and/or Iron Age) world (…). The objectives of Radner’s book are, as she explains in its introduction, twofold, First, to describe the available material and its original context and transmission: what do we have and what do we not have, and why. Second, to highlight the correspondences’ role in maintaining empires. To do so, a comparative approach is used as much as possible, to draw out similarities and differences between the different empires. (…) Radner [is] to be congratulated for [a work] that deserve[s] to be on the bookshelf - or the desk - of anyone working in the field of, notably, Ancient Near Eastern research.’ (JAN P. STRONK in CJ-Online, 2015.04.01).