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The Hellenistic Period (323–146BC)

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In the Hellenistic period, in the years between the death of Alexander and the battle of Scarpheia (323-146), Epicnemidian Locris was, if anything, of even greater strategic importance than in earlier periods. during the Hellenistic period it was at the heart of an area that extended from Heracleia Trachinia to Elateia and Chalcis that was fought over by the great powers (Macedonians, Aetolians, Romans, Achaeans). For two centuries the region saw great fleets and armies come and go. There are several decrees from the Hellenistic period that mention a Locrian Confederacy whose official name was "the Opuntians and the Locrians in union of the Opuntians", which is also indicative of the predominant role played by Opus within this koinon. United by geographical, cultural and ethnic ties, Epicnemidian Locris consisted of a number of poleis that at least maintained their internal autonomy.

Keywords: Epicnemidian Locris; Hellenistic period; koinon; Opuntians; poleis

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