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Clientela or Amicitia? Modeling Roman international behavior in the Middle Republic (264-146 B.C.)


Burton, PJ, Clientela or Amicitia? Modeling Roman international behavior in the Middle Republic (264-146 B.C.), Klio, 85, (2) pp. 333-69. ISSN 0075-6334 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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Over forty years have passed since the appearance of Ernst Badian's very influential - one might even say canonical - study of Roman Republican imperialism and international relations, "Foreign Clientelae". Although his central thesis has not gone unchallenged, it remains a fixture of Republican scholarship - and this despite a sustained attack nearly two decades ago by Erich Gruen. The purpose of this paper will be to revisit and supplement Gruen's critique in order to make the case for a new, 'international amicitia' model of Roman international relations, which, I suggest, can better account for Republican imperial and diplomatic behavior than the foreign clientela model.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Roman international behavior, Middle Republic, imperialism, Foreign Clientelae,
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Classical Greek and Roman history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding past societies not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Burton, PJ (Dr Paul Burton)
ID Code:33651
Year Published:2003
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2005-07-18
Last Modified:2013-09-09
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