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Imperialism, Cultural Politics, and Polybius$
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Christopher Smith and Liv Mariah Yarrow

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199600755

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600755.001.0001

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Old and New in Roman Foreign Affairs: The Case of 197

Old and New in Roman Foreign Affairs: The Case of 197

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(p.134) 7 Old and New in Roman Foreign Affairs: The Case of 197
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Imperialism, Cultural Politics, and Polybius
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David Potter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600755.003.0008

At the end of the third century bc, the Roman Republic had no coherent plan of imperial expansion or roadmap for transforming conquered territories into provinces. The year 197 is notable as one in which two different models of imperialism collide — a traditional model employed at the end of the third Macedonian war in Greece, and an experimental model, the arrival of praetors to govern new provinces in Spain. The lack of coherence may be explained by the structures of the Roman state, and the specific models for making peace and war that had been current at Rome in the previous centuries. Attention is given to the evidence for treaties and provincialization.

Keywords:   Spain, Philip V, Scipio Africanus, Carthage, Sicily, Flamininus, deditio in fidem, foedus

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