This paper aims to identify the main features of Argos’ policy in the fifth century B.C. Modern scholars have underlined neutrality, defence from Spartan hegemony, and alliance with the Arcadians (especially with Mantinea) and with Athens.
Beside fear of isolation and internal divisions, historical events highlight, in my opinion, a strong influence of Corinth on Argos’ policy (perhaps not enough underlined by modern scholarship). This influence also depended on the geopolitical situation of Argos that was under Spartan pressure on the southern side and Corinthian menace in the North. Sometimes Argos tried to extend her influence to the detriment of Corinth; more often she suffered Corinth’s initiative and became an instrument of Corinthian policy. Thus, in the fifth century Argive foreign policy seems to have been a “vicarious” policy, actually led by the Corinthians.
|Titolo tradotto del contributo||[Autom. eng. transl.] Argo in the fifth century: hegemonic ambitions, internal crises, external influences|
|Titolo della pubblicazione ospite||Argo. Una democrazia diversa|
|Editor||Cinzia Bearzot, FRANCA LANDUCCI|
|Numero di pagine||42|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Pubblicato - 2006|
|Nome||Contributi di storia antica 4|
- V secolo a.C.
- Vth century BC