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Diplomacy In Italy In The Second Century Bc

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In the second century scores of Roman ambassadors departed for the Greek East, and scores of ambassadors set out from the Greek states to Rome in order to bring their requests before the senate. In his report on the events of 173BC Livy informs us about such a letter from Rome and its consequences. The dossier of diplomatic exchanges between Rome and its Italian allies in the second century is not very extensive. Marianne Bonnefond- Coudry lists among her examples of foreign embassies in the senate for the period between 202 and 91BC eight from Italy. Nevertheless the Praenestines could have sent an embassy to the senate and demanded the punishment of the consul for threatening them. But it was questionable whether and when the senate would want to go into the matter. The work which the Praenestines would have had to perform was a work of lobbying.

Keywords: diplomatic exchanges; foreign embassies; Livy; Praenestines; Roman ambassadors; Rome; second century scores; senate



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