By Arthur M. Eckstein
This quantity examines the interval from Rome’s earliest involvement within the jap Mediterranean to the institution of Roman geopolitical dominance over all of the Greek states from the Adriatic Sea to Syria by means of the 180s BC. Applies sleek political concept to historical Mediterranean heritage, taking a Realist method of its research of Roman involvement within the Greek Mediterranean specializes in the cruel nature of interactions between states below stipulations of anarchy whereas reading the behavior of either Rome and Greek states in the course of the interval, and specializes in what the recommendations of contemporary political technological know-how can let us know approximately historic diplomacy contains specified dialogue of the quandary that convulsed the Greek international within the final decade of the 3rd century BC presents a balanced portrait of Roman militarism and imperialism within the Hellenistic global
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Cf. Badian 1964a: 4–5; Marasco 1986: 94– 6. 38 This is true whether the complaining victims of Illyrian violence were Italian and Italiote merchants, or (less likely, see above) the Greek city-state of Issa. 39 Discussion in Eckstein 2006: Chs. 3, 5, and 7. 40 Similarly, Corcyra and Epidamnus, when threatened by the Ardiaei in 229, appealed to the Aetolian League and the Achaean League for aid – and were answered in the affirmative (though the help ultimately failed) – in a totally Greek context.
Qxd 30/01/2008 11:03 AM Page 30 30 rome in contact with the greek east, 230‒205 bc at the behest of the Greek city of Tarentum in 280–275 bc – an invasion which lasted years, and which Rome defeated only after sustaining massive losses. 2 That was the situation as it stood ca. 230 bc. This chapter argues that the Roman military expeditions to the northwest coast of Greece in 229 bc and again in 219 bc – the first Roman interventions in the Greek East – had consequences that were themselves minimal.
6; Cabanes 1976: 201; most recently Scholten 2000: 151 and n. 81. 49 Polyb. 2. 3–13; App. Ill. 7; Dio frg. 45 = Zon. 19. 50 Emphasized esp. by Badian 1964a: 3–5. 51 On the habit of “compellence diplomacy” in the Hellenistic Mediterranean and its contribution to an overall atmosphere of distrust and coercion among states, see above, Chapter 1; cf. Eckstein 2006: Ch. 3. 52 See Eckstein 2006: Chs. 3, 4, and 5, for multiple examples. The basic discussion (focused on incidents among the Greeks): Grant 1965.