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Apogee: Alliance with the Achaians and War with the Antigonids, 238–229 <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/9780520201873.003.0005
Apogee: Alliance with the Achaians and War with the Antigonids, 238–229 b.c.

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When Aitolians ventured outside the territories of their League, it seems they did so on their own initiative and for their own gain, with only secondary thoughts about implications for the security of the rest of their political community. The progressive extension of Aitolian activities and the influence beyond central Greece during the same period appears to have caused other members of the League's alliance similar disquiet. The result in the late 240s and early 230s was a nearly complete reversal in Greater Aitolia's relationships with almost every major power on the mainland. The Aitolian League's performance in the war with Demetrios II was thus a remarkable demonstration to the contemporary Aegean-Greek world of the strength and confidence its members had achieved.

Keywords: Aitolian activities; Aitolian League; political community; central Greece; Aegean-Greek world

Chapter.  16763 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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