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The ‘Ultimate Frontier’: War, Terror And The Greek Poleis Between Mithridates And Rome

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In 88 Mithridates VI Eupator instigated a great number of Greek poleis. This chapter analyzes the ultimate frontier, using evidence from the cities of continental Greece, the islands and Asia Minor. During the Mithridatic wars, the destiny of Heraclea Pontica was marked by a calculated equidistance between Romes interests and those of the Pontic king. Most of the historical evidence for this period derives from the historian, Memnon who was probably of Heraclean origin. The commercial and mercantile capacity of the port of Delos was completely linked to the maintenance of the circulation of goods from the recently created Roman province of Asia. The internal struggle in Athens over the control of Delos was also a fight between Mithridates and Rome. The wars between Rome and Mithridates VI emerge as the ultimate frontier of the Hellenistic World.

Keywords: Delos; Greek poleis; Hellenistic World; Mithridates; Rome; ultimate frontier

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