War, Warlords, and Interstate Relations in the Ancient Mediterranean


During the final four centuries BC, many political and stateless entities of the Mediterranean headed towards anarchy and militarism, while stronger powers -Carthage, the Hellenistic kingdoms and Republican Rome- expanded towards State formation, forceful military structures and empire building.

Edited by T. Ñaco del Hoyo and F. López Sánchez, this volume presents the proceedings from an ICREA Conference held in Barcelona (2013), addressing the connection between war, warlords and interstate relations from classical studies and social sciences perspectives.

Some twenty scholars from European, Japanese and North American Universities consider the scope of ‘multipolarity’ and the usefulness of ‘warlord’, a modern category, in order to feature some ancient military and political leaderships.

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Toni Ñaco del Hoyo, Ph.D. (1996) is an ICREA Research Professor at Universitat de Girona. He has published on Roman Republican taxation and war & peace studies, recently editing volumes on ancient disasters (Gdansk 2015) and pre-Sertorian Iberia (Barcelona 2017).

Fernando López Sánchez, Ph.D. (2002), Khalili Research Center & Wolfson College, Oxford, has published several monographs and numerous articles on Greco-Roman History and Numismatics. The main focus of his research is the auxiliary forces of the Ancient World.

Contributors are: Manuel Álvarez Martí-Aguilar, Craige Champion, Altay Coşkun, Arthur M. Eckstein, Michael P. Fronda, François Gauthier, Daniel Gómez-Castro, Rafael Grasa, Fernando López Sánchez, Polly Low, Toni Ñaco del Hoyo, José Pascual, Jordi Principal, Boris Rankov, Louis Rawlings, John W. Rich, Nathan Rosenstein, Eduardo Sánchez Moreno, Nicholas Sekunda, Christopher Tuplin, Jeroen Wijnendaele, Sophia Zoumbaki
“This volume set out to challenge theses concerning the relationship between war and politics in a multipolar ancient Mediterranean world. It certainly emphasises the complexity of interstate relations and the need to look at the specific geopolitical contexts of interaction that provide opportunities for multilateral connectivity.” (Hannah Cornwell, the Classical Review, 2018.26.10)
"What makes the present volume so thought-provoking is that the emergence of warlords as an analytical concept challenges the strict Realist interpretation of the multipolar world that tends to view states equal in motivation, even if unequal in capabilities." (Brian Turner, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2018.12.41)
"Taken as a whole, the volume is to be recommended on two accounts. The cautious but effective treatment (selective adoption and rejection) of modern concepts found in some chapters demonstrates to scholars and advanced students proper methodology and the opportunities provided by theoretical approaches drawn from the social sciences. (...) nearly all the chapters have some useful discussions for the careful reader." (Lee L. Brice in CJ Online 2019.12.06
Academic libraries, university students, institutes and individual specialists in Graeco-Roman warfare, leadership, diplomacy and politics; international relations and political science (ancient and modern) and warlords (ancient and modern).
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