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A Complex Strategy: Sulla Between Attica And Boeotia

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Thespiae, traditionally a pro-Roman city, remained loyal from the start and was besieged by the Mithridatic army. Only the actions of the legatus pro quaestore Bruttius Sura, sent there by the governor of Macedonia, Sentius, saved a deeper penetration of Archelaus into Boeotia. An inscription celebrates Sura's worthy actions in favour of the city. It was not difficult for Lucius Cornelius Sulla, however, to regain the support of this region as soon as he passed by. The military weakness of the cities in the area certainly avoided him any serious problem. The situation in Attica was more complicated. Athens had enthusiastically backed Mithridates early in 88BC, as soon as the news of Roman defeat in Asia Minor reached the city. Boeotia's attitude towards Rome during the Mithridatic War was on the whole inconsistent; the erratic attitude of Chaeronaea is a warning against generalisations.

Keywords: Attica; Boeotia; Lucius Cornelius Sulla; military weakness; Mithridatic army; Roman defeat

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