The Greek Slogan of Freedom and Early Roman Politics in Greece

Hardcover | March 1, 2011

bySviatoslav Dmitriev

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The Greek Slogan of Freedom and Early Roman Politics in Greece elucidates the main steps and ways in which the slogan of freedom emerged and developed into the fundamental principle of Greek diplomacy and politics, long before the Romans appropriated and used this slogan to establish theirdomination over the Mediterranean.Originally employed by the Spartans and Athenians, who used it to subvert each other's military alliances before and during the Peloponnesian war, the slogan of freedom helped to maintain political and military balance among the major Greek powers during the classical period, putting a check ontheir aspirations. After Philip II and Alexander III (the Great) established Macedonian rule over Greece, and in the subsequent Hellenistic period, the slogan of freedom not only continued to be an important tool for undermining rival military alliances and vindicating aggressions on behalf of thosewhose freedom was allegedly violated or endangered, but also served to determine the status of individual Greek communities.Once Rome became involved in Greek affairs, she made the slogan of freedom part of her policy in Greece. The Romans' claim of protecting Greek freedom was their only justification for interfering in Greek affairs. Individual Greek cities preserved their status, including freedom, by pledging loyaltyand good faith to Rome. This network of mutual obligations and responsibilities evolved into a system of political control over the Greeks, which came to be known as the Roman Peace (pax Romana). This book argues, therefore, that the Roman Mediterranean empire was built not only on military might,but also on diplomacy, including a skillful Roman adaptation to local political practices and vocabulary.

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The Greek Slogan of Freedom and Early Roman Politics in Greece elucidates the main steps and ways in which the slogan of freedom emerged and developed into the fundamental principle of Greek diplomacy and politics, long before the Romans appropriated and used this slogan to establish theirdomination over the Mediterranean.Originally em...

Sviatoslav Dmitriev is Associate Professor of History at Ball State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195375181

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AbbreviationsIntroductionPart One. The slogan of freedom from the Peloponnesian war to the coming of Rome1. From the Peloponnesian war to the enthronement of Philip II of Macedonia2. The Macedonian Peace of Philip II and Alexander the Great3. The slogan of freedom under and after the SuccessorsPart Two. Early Roman politics in Greece4. Rome and the Greeks from 229 to the declaration of Flamininus5. The origin of the Roman slogan of Greek freedom6. The Roman slogan of Greek freedom against Nabis and Antiochos IIIPart Three. The Aftermath: from the defeat of Antiochos III to the destruction of Corinth7. Rome and Greek cities8. Rhodes between Rome and Perseus9. The downfall of the Achaean League and Polybios's HistoryEpilogue: The slogan of freedom from the King's Peace to the pax RomanaAppendix 1. The end of the Theban affiliation with the Second Athenian ConfederacyAppendix 2. Sparta's alleged participation in the Athens PeaceAppendix 3. The "Peace of 367" (the Peace of Pelopidas) and DiodorosAppendix 4. The content of the King's Peace and the "territorial clause"Appendix 5. Philip's leadership of the ThessaliansAppendix 6. Demosthenes's Macedonian diplomacy in the reign of AlexanderAppendix 7. Alexander's treatment of individual Greek cities of Asia MinorAppendix 8. The expeditions of Heracleides and DicaearchosAppendix 9. Fides and (Roman and foreign) clientelaeSelect BibliographyIndex of Inscriptions, Papyri, and CoinsIndex of Ancient Authors and TextsIndex of Names and Subjects