Epilogue: W(h)ither the Aitolian <i>Koinon</i>?

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:
Epilogue: W(h)ither the Aitolian Koinon?

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This chapter talks about the aspects of Aitolian behavior down to the early 220s which provide equally strong signals that the Aitolians had by that time expanded the horizons of their political conceptions about as far as their socioeconomic heritage would allow. League members had found considerable individual and collective prosperity in the course of the territorial expansion of their koinon, but that influx of wealth seems to have placed serious additional stress on the fabric of Aitolian society, prompting forays ever farther afield and afloat. League diplomacy followed its citizens, yet even its most complex manifestations, such as the connections with Chios or the southwest Peloponese, were not as binding as previous and subsequent ties with contiguous peoples in Greece. As a consequence, Aitolians active in these more distant regions remained largely free to exercise their traditional practice of self-help.

Keywords: Aitolian behaviour; koinon; socioeconomic heritage; diplomacy; Peloponese; Chios; self-help; territorial expansion

Chapter.  2288 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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