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Stone Epigraphy in the Service of Chinggisid Imperial Culture: Geography, Patterns and Limits of Use

Ishayahu Landa

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The paper discusses the scope and the patterns of stone usage for the sake of the Eurasian-wide dispersion of imperial propaganda under the Chinggisids (13–14th centuries). Bringing together case studies from a broad range of geographical locations under the Mongol control, the paper especially underlines, quite in Allsen’s terms, both the selectivity and adaptability of the Chinggisid overlords and their elites, who succeeded to adapt the usage of stone for the needs of the imperial statehood in the areas with extremely diverse cultural, religious, and political traditions throughout the continent. The paper also stresses the limitations of stone as an information and propaganda medium for the steppe nomadic conquest rulers as well as the limitations of the source and the scope of the surviving artifacts.


本文討論成吉思汗時期(13 至14 世紀)刻在石頭上為帝國宣傳使用的範圍和 模式。本篇匯集蒙古控制下廣泛地理位置的案例研究,強調成吉思汗統治者及 其精英的選擇性和適應性。蒙古帝國的代表者敏捷地按需要調整石頭的使用, 適應於整個大陸具有極其多樣化的文化、宗教和政治傳統。該論文還強調石頭 作為草原游牧征服統治者的信息和宣傳媒介的局限性,以及現存文物的來源和 範圍的局限性。


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