1st Edition

Great Power Diplomacy in the Hellenistic World





ISBN 9781472484291
Published December 5, 2016 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

Diplomacy is a neglected aspect of Hellenistic history, despite the fact that war and peace were the major preoccupations of the rulers of the kingdoms of the time. It becomes clear that it is possible to discern a set of accepted practices which were generally followed by the kings from the time of Alexander to the approach of Rome. The republican states were less bound by such practices, and this applies above all to Rome and Carthage. By concentrating on diplomatic institutions and processes, therefore, it is possible to gain a new insight into the relations between the kingdoms.
This study investigates the making and duration of peace treaties, the purpose of so-called 'marriage alliances', the absence of summit meetings, and looks in detail at the relations between states from a diplomatic point of view, rather than only in terms of the wars they fought. The system which had emerged as a result of the personal relationships between Alexander's successors, continued in operation for at least two centuries. The intervention of Rome brought in a new great power which had no similar tradition, and the Hellenistic system crumbled therefore under Roman pressure.

Table of Contents

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Introduction: Aims and Plans





Part I: Techniques and Practices





1. The Origins of Hellenistic Diplomacy





2. Royal Marriages





3. Cities, Summits, States, Envoys





Part II: Diplomacy in Action - The East





4. The Diplomacy of the First Syrian Wars (272 – 241)





5. Aegean Diplomacy: Ptolemy I to Aratos of Sikyon





6. The Diplomacy of Antiochos III – I: The Greek World





Part III: Diplomacy in the West





7. Ionian Sea Diplomacy





8. The Diplomacy of Rome and Carthage - I





9. The Diplomacy of Rome and Carthage - II





Part IV: The Collision of East and West





10. The Diplomacy of Antiochos III – II: The Roman Crisis





11. The Diplomacy of Peacemaking, 222 – 188





12. Rome and Greece 188 – c.120





13. The Later Syrian Wars (195 – c.140)





Conclusion





Bibliography





Index

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Biography

John D. Grainger was a teacher for a quarter of a century and gained his PhD from Birmingham University in 1990. He then turned to writing full-time and has published over 30 books, mainly on Hellenistic history and on modern military history.