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(in Roman republican history) is the nexus of two developments in the late 3rd and 2nd cent. bc. One of these is cultural, characterized by the actively favourable reception of Greek language, literature, and philosophy within the Roman ruling class. The other, political, is signalled by the adoption of policy and behaviour actively represented as beneficial to, and respectful of, Greece and Greeks. The phenomenon is associated esp. with Quinctius Flamininus, Aemilius Paullus 2, and Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus and his circle.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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