The League of the Aitolians

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BRILL, 1999 - History - 585 pages
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The Aitolians have had a bad press, regarded as pirates and brigands, and their state as a pirate state built on terrorist tactics. This book treats them as what they really were, a normal Hellenistic state. They constructed an original and successful polity which provided peace and prosperity for its inhabitants, and played a major part in Greek history for a century and a half. The approach is chronological, beginning with the origin and formation of the league and its early expansion, and then dealing with its long duel with Macedon, and concluding with its destruction by Rome. This is the first full account of the history of the league which approaches it as an independent state rather than as the enemy of other states and peoples. It complements the standard histories of the other Hellenistic states.
  

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Contents

A Pirate State?
3
The Beginning of the League Before 335
29
Survival 330300
54
The First Phase 300278
87
The Second Phase 278260
105
A Generation of Peace 270245
130
The Challenge from Achaia 245239
147
Introduction
167
The Social Problem and the Causes of the Fourth
338
The Fourth Macedonian War 199197
363
The Break with Rome 197192
407
1 The Seleukid Alliance 192191
435
2 Aitolia Alone 191189
463
The Roman Client 189167
499
The End of the League From 167
531
The Achievements of the League
549

Aitolian Wealth
188
The Armed Forces
202
The First Macedonian War The War of Demetrios
217
The Second Macedonian War The Social
244
The Second Macedonian War The Social
269
Magistrates of the Aitolian League
555
Abbreviations
561
Index
569
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About the author (1999)

John D. Grainger, Ph.D. (1987), in Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Birmingham, has published on Hellenistic history, including "A Seleukid Prosopography and Gazetteer" (Brill, 1997).