Roman Conquests Macedonia and Greece by Philip Matyszak

By Philip Matyszak

This may be the 3rd within the Roman Conquests sequence (following Italy and Spain) and a type of with the obvious attraction. whereas Rome used to be suffering for her very survival opposed to the Carthaginians within the moment Punic battle, Philip V of Macedon tried to use their obvious vulnerability by means of allying with Hannibal and stating warfare. in the meanwhile the Romans negated this danger through wise use of allies to maintain Philip occupied in Greece and Illyria. as soon as Carthage was once defeated, besides the fact that, the Romans have been loose to show their complete consciousness to settling the rating.

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However before one plunges into the debate as to why matters came to pass, it is essential to understand exactly what came to pass. This book is centred on this latter aspect; how Rome came to conquer Greece and Macedon, and exactly what happened in the century that this conquest took. This conquest was of epochal significance as it completed the merging of Greek and Roman culture into the single entity on which modern Europe is founded. Given the massive importance of the topic, it is surprising that so little has been written about it, and much of what has been written is not for the general reader.

He then secured that flank by allying with King Bardylis of Dardanos, and decisively broke Macedon's power over his kingdom. Pyrrhus was undone by over-reaching his strength in an attempt to conquer southern Italy from the Romans. He attempted to restore his fortunes by attacking Macedon, and even managed to seize the kingship there in 274 BC. Eventually ejected from Macedonia, Pyrrhus turned on the Peloponnese and eventually died whilst attacking Argos. The career of Pyrrhus represented the high tide of Epirot fortunes.

The Greeks lost five ships in this way before they turned into the following wind and made for safety, leaving the depressed Corcyrans to make what terms they could with their Illyrian besiegers. One Demetrius of Pharos was given command of an Illyrian garrison which was installed to hold down the island. The remainder of the Illyrians and the rest of their fleet headed for Epidamnus in another attempt to take the city before the Romans arrived. And the Romans were on their way. Demonstrating a poor sense of timing, Queen Teuta had provoked the Romans during a year when they had no pressing business elsewhere.

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