On State Propagandists
One sub-set of the mandarin is the state propagandist.
The earliest surviving instance of state propaganda also happens to be the earliest well-documented piece of history: the inscribed cylinders which document the border struggles between the rival Sumerian city-states Lagash and Umma between ca. 2450 and 2300 BC. The cylinders invoke the support of the gods for Lagash's cause.
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