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By Richard Evans

The state of Pergamum emerged from the nice interval of instability which the dying of Alexander the good. Over the following century Pergamum was once to turn into one of many wealthiest states within the jap Mediterranean. The country of Pergamum used to be integrated into the Roman Empire among 133/129 BCE and it will definitely grew to become Rome's wealthiest province. the entire of Asia Minor suffered within the civil wars which ended the Roman Republic, and Pergamum didn't break out the exactions demanded of the Greek towns by means of Pompey, Caesar and Antony. within the next peace, ushered in through Augustus, Pergamum regained its prosperity and have become one of many cultural centres of the Roman Empire. Its ruling dynasty - the Attalids - have been consumers of the humanities and whereas in strength have been answerable for the awesome embellishment in their capital at Pergamum. different extra historical towns comparable to Ephesus and Miletus additionally benefited from their govt. This quantity surveys Pergamum's background from the past due 3rd Century BCE to the second one Century CE.

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24 Eumenes II, then, seemed to believe – or was perhaps led to believe – that he had the freedom of action accorded to an ally rather than a client of Rome. Initially the Romans were content to allow this during the period from the Peace of Apamea down to the start of the Third Macedonian War in 171. Eumenes’ activities in these two decades also clearly show an independence of action, although, because there was no official Roman presence in Asia Minor, his neighbours were equally quick to regard Rome as a distant and somewhat disengaged power.

Pergamum therefore became the instrument of Roman hegemony in Asia Minor. Before the successful outcome of this Romano-Syrian war the kingdom hardly extended beyond its city walls, hemmed in by Syrian forces which had largely overrun western Asia Minor. ] those [cities] which had been supporters of Antiochus or had paid tribute to Attalus were required to pay taxes to Eumenes. Eumenes The Ally of Rome 35 received in addition the following lands: Lysimacheia and the Chersonese and the towns, villages and territories which Antiochus had possessed.

When the king suffered a reverse in Palestine he asked for aid against Egypt and Antiochus responded positively. 7), and Antiochus, with his mother – his most ardent supporter – now made Sardis their capital. 9). Antiochus was, however, unable to follow up this victory, since this had been achieved with support from Mithridates, the king of Pontus, who turned against his former ally. 1), our sole source for the period, Eumenes fully exploited this situation,52 although precisely what he can have achieved is not stated.

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