Diplomats and Diplomacy in the Roman World (Mnemosyne, by Claude Eilers (ed.)

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The Roman international used to be essentially a face-to-face tradition, the place it used to be anticipated that conversation and negotiations will be performed in individual. this is visible in Rome's contacts with different towns, states, and kingdoms - no matter if established, autonomous, pleasant or adverse - and within the improvement of a diplomatic behavior with its personal rhythms and protocols that coalesced right into a self-sustaining method of communique. This quantity of papers bargains ten views at the means within which ambassadors, embassies, and the institutional apparatuses assisting them contributed to Roman rule. knowing Roman diplomatic practices illuminates not just questions on Rome's evolution as a Mediterranean strength, yet may also make clear a large choice of ancient and cultural traits. Contributers of this identify are: Sheila L. Ager, Alexander Yakobson, Filippo Battistoni, James B. Rives, Jean-Louis Ferrary, Martin Jehne, T. Corey Brennan, Werner Eck, and Rudolf Haensch.

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Eckstein, “Rome, the War with Perseus, and Third Party Mediation”, 441). 60 Even if this passage of Livy is among his most unhistorical, it may be used to assess certain aspects of Rome’s view of third party diplomacy. In particular, it is illuminating to compare it with the first recorded offer of dispute resolution ever made to Rome by a Greek state. 61 The whole scenario, including the contemptuous Roman response, and the very language that Livy uses, resonates suspiciously with his account of the insolent Rhodians 58 Without entering into the debate on Roman international amicitia versus clientela, suffice it to say that Rome would certainly have expected significant gratitude for her beneficia to her Greek friends, a gratitude that would have placed those friends in an unequal relationship with Rome.

The latter not only emphasizes the arrogance of the Rhodians (superbia illa Rodiensium famosissima), he also testifies to an apparently Polyb. 62; Plut. Mor. 197e–f. Aul. Gell. 3, 50; G. Calboli, M. Porci Catonis Oratio pro Rhodiensibus (Bologna, 1978), 259 no. 7.

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