Antiochos III and the Cities of Western Asia Minor by John Ma

By John Ma

This significant and wide-ranging booklet examines the connection among the Greek city-states and the Hellenistic empire, focusing in particular at the interplay among Antiochos III and the towns of Western Asia Minor. Dr Ma ways this fabric from various angles: narrative background, structural analyses of imperial energy, and analyses of the features performed through language and stereotype within the interplay among rulers and governed. This paperback version contains a new preface and a piece of addenda.

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13 In Appian (Syr. i; 12), Antiochos claims Ionia and Aiolis because they used to belong to the 'former kings of Asia', presumably the Achaimenids; which is similar, but not quite the same as appeal to ancestral rights. 10 11 L a o d i k e III refers to the benevolence of A n t i o c h o s I I I to the Iasians after 're-acquiring y o u r city', την νμετεραν πάλιν . . άνακτησάμενος. A related expression (with the same άνα- prefix) is found in Z e u x i s ' letter to Herakleia under Latmos: άνακεκομισμενων ημών τώι βασιλεΐ την πάλιν εζ άρχής ύπάρχονσαν τοις πρόγονοις αυτοί», 'as w e had recovered for the king the city, w h i c h originally belonged to his ancestors', an even more explicit statement than Laodike's.

B. W e l l e s ' s Royal Correspondence·, many cities of Asia M i n o r have their inscriptions gathered in convenient w o r k i n g collections, published in the C o l o g n e series, Inschriften griechischer Städte aus Kleinasien. A s the case of A n t i o c h o s I I I illustrates, one great advantage to this material is the way in w h i c h it is constantly increased, and the issues it raises modified, by new publications, as reviewed in the Bulletin Epigraphique and republished in the Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum: a glance at the bibliography to the present work will show how the epigraphical material steadily increases, with new discoveries w h i c h make adjustments to our political narrative of the Hellenistic world, and enrich the analyses we can elaborate.

Heliodoros: Bickerman 1980: 159-91. Briant 1982: 327, for Achaimenid control of shrines. 8 D o c u m e n t 4, 40-1. 5 D o c u m e n t 4, 29—30. and Achaios, it had entirely and unproblematically been under Seleukid control. In super-power diplomacy, the Seleukid claims could be brought forth more explicitly. 1 0 A n t i o c h o s I I I asserted ancestral claims to ownership in his diplomatic exchanges with the Romans: at the conference of 196 at Lysimacheia, 1 1 the king stated that he had crossed into Europe 'to recover (άνακτησόμενος) the Chersonesos and the cities of T h r a c e , since rule (αρχή) over these places was rightly his more than that of anyone else' (Pol.

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