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Aitolians Abroad: Activity and Influence in the Aegean and Peloponnese in the 250s and 240s <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/9780520201873.003.0004
Aitolians Abroad: Activity and Influence in the Aegean and Peloponnese in the 250s and 240s b.c.

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This chapter talks about the expansion of the Aitolian koinon, which had many consequences for both individual League members and for the federation as a whole. The growth and consolidation of Greater Aitolia begat a prolonged, debilitating series of wars with Antigonid Makedonia. Ongoing territorial expansion apparently opened up a continually increasing range of possibilities to all the members of the League, new and old. The increasing number of grants of immunity from seizure that the Aitolians as a political community began to make to various other polities and sanctuaries during this period can reasonably be viewed as a further, collective step away from their old, unbridled freedom of action and one also taken to increase League security, albeit in a less direct fashion than the absorption of neighboring populations and lands in central Greece had done.

Keywords: koinon; Greater Aitolia; Antigonid Makedonia; League; polities; sanctuaries; central Greece

Chapter.  18041 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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