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The Politics of Plunder: Aitolians and their Koinon in the Early Hellenistic Era, 279-217 B.C.

Joseph Scholten

Abstract

Between 279 and 229 bc, the Aitolian koinon, a federation of mountain cantons in west central Greece, expanded to incorporate many of the neighboring lands and peoples lying between the Adriatic and Aegean Seas. This new political configuration contributed to the development of modern systems of federal democracy based on proportional representation. Despite these institutional advances, the Aitolians and their polity are reviled in the ancient historical tradition, which views them as backward, semi-barbarous brigands. This book examines the political history of the Aitolian koinon in its era ... More

Keywords: Aitolian koinon, west central Greece, federal democracy, polity, topography, epigraphy, institutional development, regional political culture, Aegean Greek world, Hellenistic Era

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520201873
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520201873.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Scholten, author