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Forging the Crown

Forging the Crown

A History of the Kingdom of Bithynia from its Origin to Prusias I

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The kingdom of Bithynia arose during the age of Alexander and his successors, and, thanks to its ambitious and charismatic kings, became the dominant power in the Propontic area within a few decades. This book explores its emergence through an in-depth analysis of the surviving sources in order to reassess its role in the Hellenistic political landscape.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface
Introduction
CHAPTER ONE. BITHYNIA BEFORE THE KINGDOM OF BITHYNIA
1. The Origin of the Bithynians
2. Bithynia and the Bithynians in the Archaic and Classical Ages
CHAPTER TWO. THE BIRTH OF A NEW KINGDOM. BITHYNIA IN THE AGE OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND THE DIADOCHS (334-280 BC)
1. The Turning-Point. Bas and Zipoites in the Late 4th Century BC
2. Troubled Years 301-280 BC. Zipoites Politics between Expansion and Defence
3. Zipoites: from Ruler to King
4. Independence
CHAPTER THREE. BUILDING THE HEGEMONY. THE KINGDOM OF BITHYNIA UNDER NICOMEDES I AND ZIAELAS (279-229 BC)
1. 279-277 BC Nicomedes Is Wars
2. Fragments of Nicomedes Is Politics
3. International Recognition
4. The Traditional Portrayal of Nicomedes I, Hellenisation and Peer Polity Interaction
5. From Nicomedes I to Ziaelas
6. Ziaelas in His Fathers Footsteps
7. An Appraisal of the Reigns of Nicomedes I and Ziaelas
CHAPTER FOUR. BITHYNIA AND THE RISE OF ROME IN THE EAST (229-182 BC)
1. The Early Years of Prusias I
2. Great Expansion in a Changing World. Prusias Is Politics in the Turn of the 2nd Century BC
3. Prusias Is Last Years. Deescalation to West and Escalation to East
4. Prusias Is Politics between Economy and Propaganda, Hellenising and National Claims
5. A Final Assessment of Prusias I
Conclusion
Appendix. Epigraphic Evidence
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Kings of Bithynia
Tables
Index

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