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Letters and Decrees: Diplomatic Protocols in the Hellenistic Period

Ceccarelli, P; (2018) Letters and Decrees: Diplomatic Protocols in the Hellenistic Period. In: Ceccarelli, P and Doering, L and Fögen, T and Gildenhard, I, (eds.) Letters and Communities: Studies in the Socio-Political Dimensions of Ancient Epistolography. (pp. 148-183). Oxford University Press: Oxford UK. Green open access

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Abstract

During the Hellenistic period, royal correspondence constituted a challenging mode of diplomacy for polis communities. The chapter offers a case study of how one such community, Magnesia on the Maeander, responded to the challenge. The dossier in question concerns the request of acceptance of a new contest for Artemis Leukophryene, first celebrated in 208 BCE, which Magnesia addressed to all of the Greek world. The answers from kings, leagues, and cities make it possible to compare different ‘discursive styles’, in particular the contrastive ideologies of power instantiated in the royal letter and the city-decree. In addition, Ceccarelli shows how the way in which they were set up in the agora of Magnesia affords insights into the Magnesians’ own perception of these acts of international diplomacy—and how they used the responses to project an image of a political community that was both internally cohesive and well connected with the outside world.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Letters and Decrees: Diplomatic Protocols in the Hellenistic Period
ISBN-13: 9780198804208
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198804208.003.0006
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198804208.003.0006
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: royal correspondence, city-decrees, international diplomacy, Hellenistic period, Magnesia on the Maeander, inscriptions and polis ideology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10054564
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