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The Alleged Rapprochement Between Achaios and Attalos I in 220 BC

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With few exceptions, the prevailing scholarly opinion holds that as of around 220 BC, Attalos of Pergamon and the Seleukid general Achaios had reached a peaceful understanding with each other, in spite of Polybios' direct statement that Achaios was at that time actively constraining Attalos in Pergamon. This paper argues that Polybios' statement needs to be taken seriously, and that the fact that Byzantion asked both men for military assistance at the same time is irrelevant to the question of the relationship between them.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2012

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  • Historia, first published in 1952 by Karl Friedrich Stroheker and Gerold Walser is an international, peer-reviewed journal on Greek and Roman antiquity. Articles are in English, German, French and Italian. It features original articles on Greek history, the Roman Republic and Empire as well as late antiquity. It covers all aspects of political, economic, religious and social life and deals with legal, archaeological, numismatic and epigraphical questions.
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