Main Data
Author: Elizabeth A. Meyer
Title: The Inscriptions of Dodona and a New History of Molossia
Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag
ISBN/ISSN: 9783515105002
Edition: 1
Price: CHF 42.90
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Category: Geschichte
Language: English
Technical Data
Pages: 201
Kopierschutz: Wasserzeichen/DRM
Geräte: PC/MAC/eReader/Tablet
Formate: PDF
Table of contents

Molossia is perhaps most famous as the kingdom of the third-century warlord Pyrrhus. The Inscriptions of Dodona and A New History of Molossia re-examines the non-oracular stone and bronze inscriptions, re-dating some of the most important to the third century BC rather than the fourth.

This re-dating in turn forms the basis of the new history presented here. In this history are stressed the primacy of the king, who ruled a kingdom rather than a federal league; the minimal extent of Molossian 'expansion' in the fourth century BC; the likelihood that there was indeed no federal league, only a type of amphictyony administering the sanctuary of Dodona, before 232 BC; the continuing relationship of allied association rather than incorporation between the Molossians with their neighbors; the interference of the Macedonians as a catalyst for the coalescence of Molossian identity; and the way events of the third century paved the way for the establishment of a federal league after the death of the last monarch in 232 BC.

This history substantially reshapes our understanding of this part of the Hellenistic world, and of the early history of federal leagues in Greece.

Elizabeth A. Meyer is Professor of History at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Legitimacy and Law in the Roman World: Tabulae in Roman Belief and Practice (Cambridge, 2004) and Metics and the Athenian Phialai-Inscriptions (Stuttgart, 2010), as well as numerous articles in Greek and Roman history.
She is particularly interested in social and cultural history, the history of writing and inscribing, and legal epigraphy.
Table of contents
Table of Contents8
I. The established View14
II. The Dating of Inscriptions from Dodona19
II.1. Manumissions and Dedications23
II. 2. Summary38
III. Seven Points of Difference47
III.1. Molossian state and Molossian KIngs in the Fourth century47
III.2. Molossian expansion in the Fourth century61
III.3. What if anything occurred between 330 and 328 BC?65
III.4. Epirote and Molossian identity in the late Fourth and early Third centuries73
III.5. The Molossians in the third century80
III.6. What does redating mean for Molossian expansion in the Third century?92
III.7. What is the Molossian relationship with Thesprotia and Chaonia in the Third century?105
IV. A new history of Molossia115
V. Epigraphical Appendix137
VI. List of Maps and Figures167
VII. Abbreviations169
VIII. Works cited171
IX. Index locorum182
X. Index189