The Hellenistic world in the 2nd cent. BC
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The 2nd cent. BC was the period during which the Hellenistic world of the eastern Mediterranean came under Roman rule. This came about not so much through a policy of aggression on Rome’s part (in fact, the Romans long sought to avoid involvement in the east, not least because of their commitments in the west, e.g. Punic Wars) as in consequence of t…

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Wittke, A.-M., “The Hellenistic world in the 2nd cent. BC”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, Edited by: Anne-Maria Wittke, Eckart Olshausen, Richard Szydlak, in collaboration with: Vera Sauer and other specialists. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241

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