Chapter

Expansion and Consolidation, 270–245 <span class="smallCaps">b.c.</span>

Joseph B. Scholten

in The Politics of Plunder

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780520201873
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916746 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520201873.003.0003
Expansion and Consolidation, 270–245 b.c.

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This chapter discusses the shattering experience of the Gaulish invasion, followed by the restoration of the Antigonid monarchy in Makedonia, which impelled the leaders and members of the Aitolian koinon to open the ranks of their ethnic polity to populations of neighboring lands over which they had recently established military and political control. Aitolians had to work through the problems produced by the progressive inclusion of more and more minor Amphiktyonic populations of Central Greece within an ever larger Greater Aitolia. The continued expansion of the koinon created both internal and external growing pains. In foreign affairs, as Greater Aitolia's position on the Amphiktyonic council grew progressively dominant, the League's leaders showed increasing interest in appropriating its symbols and sanction to solidify and legitimate their defensive coalition in central Greece. The League's triumph at Chaironeia in 245 confirmed the cumulative effect of the expansion.

Keywords: Gaulish invasion; Antigonid monarchy; Makedonia; Amphiktyonic populations; Central Greece; Greater Aitolia; Amphiktyonic council; Chaironeia

Chapter.  19007 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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