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Graecia Capta by Susan E. Alcock

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O 50 ! Iel os Th erap na i Gytheion 94 M essen e 9 101 Thespi ai H al a i -6 :J M eth a na 81 Th essalonike H ali artos 40 B5 M eth en e M ycena e 99 112 92 37 134 42 Thorik os 12 M ykal essos 28 Thouria M ykon os Naupakt os Nernea Nic horia 2 Tithorea 96 60 67 113 T roi zcn 97 Zarax H a lieis H a rm a H elos 27 91 H eraia 11 5 H ermione 84 H yeu os 52 12 Thisbe Zakyn thos 83 119 86 Th e problem of Roman Greece th ese variou s conflicts also faced th e likelihood of booty tak en by victori ou s troop s, and of ind emnities levied by Roman au tho rities.

10) . Th e problem if Roman Greece Impressively uniform as thi s picture m ay seem, it is non etheless surprising ly easy to und ermine suc h testimon y. M ost sim ply (a nd as is th e case with some of th e ea rly Eu rop ean writers a bou t Greece in th e seven teent h to early nin eteenth cen tu ries), it is quite clear th at m any of th ese aut hors often utilize seco nd -ha nd material, reportin g sigh ts and conditions th ey d id not th em selves expe rience . I ndeed , severa l spec ific cla ims a bo u t the degr aded sta te of cer ta in cities or region s ar e flatl y contrad icted by a rc haeologica l d at a, as we sha ll see from tim e to tim e in th e co urse of thi s book .

Restitutori Achaiae S. C. A person ificat ion of th e provi nce of Ach aia is raised from the gro und by the empero r. Before her, a jug with a palm-bran ch (symbol of the agolles of the p rovi nce). development wa s ge ne ra ted by R om an cultura l expec ta tions, yet it a lso grew fro m th e need of th e G reeks to red efin e th em selves a nd th eir ac hievem ent s under R om an rul e. Th e philh ellen ic empe ror H ad rian , who visited the province person a lly on m ore than one occasion, raised thi s interest to a new heigh t in th e second century AD (fig.

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