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A scientific survey of archaic Greek society and tradition which introduces the reader to a variety of new methods to the period.

• the 1st complete and obtainable survey of advancements within the examine of archaic GreecePlaces Greek society of c.750-480 BCE in its chronological and geographical context
• supplies equivalent emphasis to proven issues corresponding to tyranny and political reform and more moderen topics like gender and ethnicity
• Combines debts of historic advancements with nearby surveys of archaeological facts and in-depth remedies of chosen themes
• Explores the impression of japanese and different non-Greek cultures within the improvement of Greece
• makes use of archaeological and literary proof to reconstruct wide styles of social and cultural development

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52 See Eckstein 2006: Chs. 3, 4, and 5, for multiple examples. The basic discussion (focused on incidents among the Greeks): Grant 1965. qxd 30/01/2008 11:03 AM Page 41 rome and illyria, ca. 53 Ancient sources allege that Teuta became so enraged by the Roman embassy that she had one of the Roman envoys murdered – though it is possible that the envoys’ ship simply fell foul of the Illyrian piracy that Teuta declared she could not control (cf. Polyb. 8). In either case, the incident shows the turbulent situation in the Adriatic.

In such 59 In the face of catastrophic Roman defeats in the early years of the Hannibalic War, about 40 percent of Rome’s allies, mostly in southern Italy, went over to Hannibal (see Lazenby 1996: 44). It was a terrible blow; but this still meant that about 60 percent of Rome’s allies stayed on the Roman side under very difficult circumstances (cf. Cornell 1996: 103). 60 As Goldsworthy 2000: 70, says, the main targets of Roman imperialism were other imperialists. The basic Roman advantages in the harsh rivalry for power and security in the Hellenistic Mediterranean via the creation of a very large but also relatively well-integrated state were laid out long ago by Mommsen 1903: 412–30, esp.

This was an interconnectedness between events in the geographically separate regions of the Mediterranean basin that had previously not existed: events in the Greek East had previously not had an impact on the West, and vice versa. Polybius thought that the first steps towards this symploke¯ occurred in 217 bc, when Philip V of Macedon first turned towards the West and attempted imperial expansion at the expense of the Romans (whom he saw as weakened by the Hannibalic War), and that thereafter the two regional subsystems of states in the eastern and western Mediterranean gradually but increasingly became transformed through interaction into one single very large system.

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