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Athens And Cassander

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For much of the period of Demetrius of Phalerum's rule, Cassander's position was extremely tenuous, and Demetrius' own hold on power would often have been under threat before his actual expulsion in 307. Charting Athens' passage through this decade of strife is one theme of this chapter. The relationship between Cassander and Athens was defined among the peace terms of 317: Cassander stipulated that the Athenians be "friends and allies". Just what that friendship and alliance might mean, in practical terms, is the second main concern in the chapter. A close survey of the attested military activity in the Phalerean period may show that it was an interplay of forces, an overlapping of domestic benefit with the dictates of Cassandran policy, which shaped the foreign affairs of Athens in this period.

Keywords: Athens; Cassander; Demetrius of Phalerum; foreign affairs; Phalerean period



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