Une République « gréco-romaine » des lettres ? Les réseaux savants de l'Empire entre savoir et pouvoir (Introduction)

Abstract : This opening paper aims at evaluating the relevance of the idea of a Graeco-Roman Republic of Letters. Analysed in terms of networks – a notion which is increasingly widespread in the field of historical research and social sciences–, imperial scholarly worlds are conceived as spaces of mediation between Rome, Greece and other components of the Mediterranean, as places of knowledge and cultural transfers which produce structuring eff ects at several levels of the Roman Empire. Can intellectual communities be seen as a privileged field to investigate the long-term cultural dynamics and shifts which supports the development of a “Graeco-Roman Empire” – defined, according to Paul Veyne, as “a fact of Greek culture and Roman power” ? This introductory chapter explore the documentary basis and conceptual tools which can support such a proposition, involving cultural history, social network analysis and anthropology of cultural practices. This innovative approach aims at shedding new light on the relations between knowledge sharing and power deployment in a Mediterranean- wide environment, characterised by the consolidation of Pax Romana and the dissemination of Greek culture.
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Anthony Andurand, Corinne Bonnet. Une République « gréco-romaine » des lettres ? Les réseaux savants de l'Empire entre savoir et pouvoir (Introduction). Archimède : archéologie et histoire ancienne, UMR7044 - Archimède, 2019, La République « gréco-romaine » des lettres : construction des réseaux savants et circulation des savoirs dans l’Empire romain, HS N°1, pp.1-12. ⟨halshs-02091526⟩

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