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The Politics of PlunderAitolians and their Koinon in the Early Hellenistic Era, 279-217 B.C.$
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Joseph Scholten

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520201873

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520201873.001.0001

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Apogee: Alliance with the Achaians and War with the Antigonids, 238–229 b.c.

Apogee: Alliance with the Achaians and War with the Antigonids, 238–229 b.c.

(p.131) 4 Apogee: Alliance with the Achaians and War with the Antigonids, 238–229 B.C.
The Politics of Plunder

Joseph B. Scholten

University of California Press

When Aitolians ventured outside the territories of their League, it seems they did so on their own initiative and for their own gain, with only secondary thoughts about implications for the security of the rest of their political community. The progressive extension of Aitolian activities and the influence beyond central Greece during the same period appears to have caused other members of the League's alliance similar disquiet. The result in the late 240s and early 230s was a nearly complete reversal in Greater Aitolia's relationships with almost every major power on the mainland. The Aitolian League's performance in the war with Demetrios II was thus a remarkable demonstration to the contemporary Aegean-Greek world of the strength and confidence its members had achieved.

Keywords:   Aitolian activities, Aitolian League, political community, central Greece, Aegean-Greek world

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