By John Ma
This crucial and wide-ranging e-book examines the connection among the Greek city-states and the Hellenistic empire, focusing particularly at the interplay among Antiochos III and the towns of Western Asia Minor. Dr Ma ways this fabric from quite a few angles: narrative background, structural analyses of imperial energy, and analyses of the features performed via 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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M . Fraser, reviewing Orth 1977 in CR 30 (1980), 158, argues that a study of the interaction between the Seleukids and cities should take the role of individual élite families into account; but it seems to me that the evidence is still insufficient for this sort of research (though note Carsana 1996, with reservations expressed by Gauthier, BE 97, 151 and a critical review b y I. Savalli-Lestrade in REG 1 1 1 (1998), 308-22; SavalliLestrade 1996, for Attalid courtiers and their cities). the picture of unified, consensual polis behaviour as unusable for the historian.
T h e poleis w e r e capable of resistance, w h e t h e r physical or i d e o l o g i c a l — a s p r o v e d b y the case of S m y r n a and L a m p s a k o s . Polis a u t o n o m y appeared in f o r m s s u c h as the will of s u b o r d i n a t e cities to constrain rulers t h r o u g h a formal language e x p r e s s i n g reciprocity rather than p o w e r , or to protect their civic p r i d e and identity t h r o u g h local representations. T h e poleis' strategies a i m e d at c o n v e r t i n g straight d o m i n a t i o n into interaction, and their w o r k i n g s will Will 1988: 335, on centrality of this issue.
For the imperial overseer of local religion in Roman Egypt. Euthydemos: document 49. 6 SEG 3 6 . 1 2 1 8 — a Xanthian legal document dated to the fourth year of Ptolemy I V (202/1), and to the time when 'those in Alexandria' were priests of Alexander and of the deified Ptolemies: the formula clearly indicates that the preamble performs a symbolical function as well as a practical one (see L . Koenen, in Bulloch et al. 1993: 46—8). tagma, its very production assumes that A n t i o c h o s III has the authority to name N i k a n o r to a position of control over all the shrines in c i s - T a u r i c Asia M i n o r , both in the symbolic form of the high priesthood and the actual administrative p o w e r over temple finances.