Rome Enters the Greek East: From Anarchy to Hierarchy in the Hellenistic Mediterranean, 230-170 BC - eBook
Rome Enters the Greek East: From Anarchy to Hierarchy in the Hellenistic Mediterranean, 230-170 BC - eBook  -     By: Arthur M. Eckstein
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9781118293546
ISBN-13: 9781118293546

Publisher's Description

This volume examines the period from Rome's earliest involvement inthe eastern Mediterranean to the establishment of Romangeopolitical dominance over all the Greek states from the AdriaticSea to Syria by the 180s BC.
  • Applies modern political theory to ancient Mediterraneanhistory, taking a Realist approach to its analysis of Romaninvolvement in the Greek Mediterranean
  • Focuses on the harsh nature of interactions among states underconditions of anarchy while examining the conduct of both Rome andGreek states during the period, and focuses on what the concepts ofmodern political science can tell us about ancient internationalrelations
  • Includes detailed discussion of the crisis that convulsed theGreek world in the last decade of the third century BC
  • Provides a balanced portrait of Roman militarism andimperialism in the Hellenistic world

Author Bio

Arthur M. Eckstein is a specialist in the history of Roman imperialism. He has published three books, Senate and General: Individual Decision-Making and Roman Foreign Relations, 264–194 BC (1987), Moral Vision in the Histories of Polybius (1995), Mediterranean Anarchy, Interstate War and the Rise of Rome (2006), and 50 major scholarly articles. He is also co-editing an edition of Polybius' Histories.

Editorial Reviews

"A strength of Eckstein’s volume is the balance ofinternational relations theory with the detailed history of thetransformation of the Hellenistic multipolar anarchy from the FirstIllyrian War to the period of Roman “unipolarity”. Thisconsolidates the placement of political theory within currenthistoriography of the interstate relations of the mid- Republic andHellenistic world. Based on the reception of IR Realism in thevarious studies cited here which have engaged directly orperipherally with Eckstein’s volume, there are two majorideas for which he argues that are already working their waythrough the ancient historical consciousness: that fear, threat,force and violence underpin interstate discourses and werecommonplace in the experiences and strategies of both primary andsecondary polities; and that all polities were stakeholders ininternational relations, with neither Roman (or others’)ambivalence preventing their participation, nor secondarystates’ comparative weakness limiting their determination tojoin the negotiation of conflict. We shall in future see much morescholarship based upon these two central arguments."  (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 7 May 2013)

 

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