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The Fetters of Greece

The Fetters of Greece in Philip V of Macedon's reign

In our previous post discussing the intentions of the Roman proconsul Titus Quinctius Flamininus when he proclaimed the Freedom of the Greeks at the Istthmian Games in 196 B.C., mention was given to strategic garrison points known as the ‘fetters of Greece‘.

This post will attempt to explain their location in Greece and more importantly, the significance during the reign of Philip V of Macedon.

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Flamininus proclaims the Freedom of the Greeks

Flamininus Proclaims the Freedom of the Greeks

At the Isthmian Games in 196 B.C., the Roman proconsul Titus Quinctius Flamininus proclaimed the ‘Freedom of the Greeks’ as the outcome of the second Macedonian war.

And the herald, coming forward into the midst of the spectators, made proclamation that the Roman senate and Titus Quintius Flamininus proconsular general, having conquered King Philip and the Macedonians, restored to freedom, without garrisons and without imposts, and to the enjoyment of their ancient laws, the Corinthians, the Locrians, the Phocians, the Euboeans, the Achaeans of Phthiotis, the Magnesians, the Thessalians, and the Perrhaebians. (Plutarch, Life of Flamininus 10.4)

The declaration formally liberated the city-states of European Greece from Macedonian hegemony, declaring the Greeks free from taxes, free from garrisons, and free to live under their own ancestral laws.

This article will attempt to interpret the intentions of the declaration, the implementation of a policy that aligned the interests of the Roman state, her commanders and the Greeks that were brought under protection.

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