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Mediterranean Anarchy, Interstate War, and the Rise of Rome

Arthur Eckstein and Nishanta Rajakaruna


This study is the first to employ modern international relations theory to place Roman militarism and expansion of power within the broader Mediterranean context of interstate anarchy. The book challenges claims that Rome was an exceptionally warlike and aggressive state—not merely in modern but in ancient terms—by arguing that intense militarism and aggressiveness were common among all Mediterranean polities from ca 750 B.C. onwards. The book explains that international politics in the ancient Mediterranean world was, in political science terms, a multipolar anarchy: international law was min ... More

Keywords: international relations, Roman militarism, Mediterranean context, international law, foreign allies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520246188
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520246188.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arthur Eckstein, author

Nishanta Rajakaruna, editor