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Honors Project


This research examines the effect of discourse on the relationship between the ancient Roman and Athenian states through an analysis of each culture’s treatment of the most significant terms in that exchange. Athenian inscriptions frequently describe Romans and their Republic as friends and allies. Previous research has often dismissed these terms as euphemistic due to the difficulty of reconciling their equitable connotations with the highly asymmetrical power of Rome; however, this research argues on the basis of (IR) Constructivism that discourse played a constitutive role in ancient politics. It concludes that the Athenians’ handling of this discourse had a tangible effect on the fate of their state.

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