Greece and the Balkans 30 BCE

The Greek city-states and kingdoms have fallen under the power of Rome.

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What is happening in Greece and the Balkans in 30BCE

The Greek city-states and the kingdom of Macedon were no match for the rising power of Rome, and by 146 BCE, after a series of wars, the Romans were in complete control of the region. The Roman occupation culminated in the destruction of the famous city of Corinth. Since then the region has been a part of the Roman empire.

Roman governors now rule the province of Achaea, as the Romans call Greece, from Corinth (resurrected by Julius Caesar as a Roman colony).

The Greek cities continue to elect their own magistrates and run their own affairs. The late Roman Republic has seen a degree of oppression and misrule by several Roman governors, but now, under the firm rule of Octavian (soon to be called Augustus), the people of Greece know peace and good governance.

The city of Athens has lost all its regional power, but it remains honoured by the Romans as a centre of culture and learning. Many wealthy Romans visit the city to complete their education.

When the Romans annexed Macedonia and Greece, in 146 BCE, they gave the Thracians their own kingdom. Since then the Romans have had to get involved in the power struggles within the Thracian royal family from time to time, and will eventually be forced to annex the kingdom entirely.

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