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Eumenes II. als persona non grata: Pergamon, Rom und der 3. Makedonische Krieg

Author(s): Christoph Kenkel

Journal: Skriptum : Studentische Onlinezeitschrift für Geschichte und Geschichtsdidaktik
ISSN 2192-4457

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 24;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Eumenes II | Third Macedonian War | Macedonia | Roman Republic

Christoph Kenkel treads on difficult terrain with his Bachelor Thesis Eumenes II als persona non grata: Pergamon, Rom und der 3. Makedonische Krieg ( Eumenes II as persona non grata: Pergamon, Rome and the Third Macedonian War), but manages to develop his own convincing interpretation of a research topic subjected to strong discourse.Starting with the deprecatory demeanor of the Roman Senate towards Eumenes II Sotor (197-159) in 167 B.C., the author begins a search for this unusual rejection, facing the challenge of a confusing array of sources and the many diverging opinions of researchers. Further complications arise from the complex political situation at the eve of the Third Macedonian War that raises a variety of new issues.Nevertheless Kenkel manages to see through the machinations and rumors of Roman politics by applying logical thought, and explains plausibly why Eumenes, who unjustly got caught in the crossfire, has always been an ally of Rome, despite of many contemporary rumors and keen allegations.
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