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    The kingdom of Bithynia arose during the age of Alexander and his successors, and, thanks to its ambitious and charismatic kings, became the dominant power in the Propontic area within a few decades. This book explores its emergence through an in-depth analysis of the surviving sources in order to reassess its role in the Hellenistic political landscape.

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    Preface
    Introduction
    CHAPTER ONE. BITHYNIA BEFORE THE KINGDOM OF BITHYNIA
    1. The Origin of the Bithynians
    2. Bithynia and the Bithynians in the Archaic and Classical Ages
    CHAPTER TWO. THE BIRTH OF A NEW KINGDOM. BITHYNIA IN THE AGE OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND THE DIADOCHS (334-280 BC)
    1. The Turning-Point. Bas and Zipoites in the Late 4th Century BC
    2. Troubled Years 301-280 BC. Zipoites' Politics between Expansion and Defence
    3. Zipoites: from Ruler to King
    4. Independence
    CHAPTER THREE. BUILDING THE HEGEMONY. THE KINGDOM OF BITHYNIA UNDER NICOMEDES I AND ZIAELAS (279-229 BC)
    1. 279-277 BC Nicomedes I's Wars
    2. Fragments of Nicomedes I's Politics
    3. International Recognition
    4. The Traditional Portrayal of Nicomedes I, Hellenisation and Peer Polity Interaction
    5. From Nicomedes I to Ziaelas
    6. Ziaelas in His Father's Footsteps
    7. An Appraisal of the Reigns of Nicomedes I and Ziaelas
    CHAPTER FOUR. BITHYNIA AND THE RISE OF ROME IN THE EAST (229-182 BC)
    1. The Early Years of Prusias I
    2. Great Expansion in a Changing World. Prusias I's Politics in the Turn of the 2nd Century BC
    3. Prusias I's Last Years. Deescalation to West and Escalation to East
    4. Prusias I's Politics between Economy and Propaganda, Hellenising and National Claims
    5. A Final Assessment of Prusias I
    Conclusion
    Appendix. Epigraphic Evidence
    Abbreviations
    Bibliography
    Kings of Bithynia
    Tables
    Index

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