Philip II of Macedon and 'the Garrison in Naupactus' (A Re-Interpretation of Theopompus 'FGrHist 115F 235' )
Early relations between Macedonia and the Aetolian Confederacy, unlike their contacts in the Hellenistic Age, have not been often subjected to historical investigation. Inspite — or rather because — of this relative shortage of modern studies historical constructs do not agree in details. Historians dealing with a rapid growth of Macedonia during the reign of Philip II admit that Aetolia belonged to his closest allies even in the last years of the king’s reign. This friendly attitude is commonly believed to find proof in transferring Naupactus from the Achaean Confederacy to the Aetolians with help from Philip II after the battle of Chaeronea. This consensus , however, was disturbed by an unconventional historical reconstruction presented by A. B. Bosworth . The sequence of events as presented by Bosworth was not unquestionably accepted, but still demands discussion since the person behind it is undoubtedly counted among the most influential recent historians of Alexander the Great .
(c) 2004 Jacek Rzepka, University of Warsaw, Department of Ancient History, Department Member
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