(Titus Quintius Flaminius)

230–175 BC

Flamininus served in the Second Punic War under Marcellus, but he established his reputation primarily in his dealings with Philip V. of Macedon during the First and Second Macedonian Wars. His great victory at Cynoscephalae broke the power of Macedonia in Greece, and allowed Rome to declare all of the Greek states free. Flamininus was a negotiator and diplomat as well as a soldier and he used his influence to attempt to negotiate peaceful solutions between warring states whenever possible. He was a great lover and respecter of Greek culture, and intended that Greek states should live in harmony with Rome, but of course, later events dispelled this hope. After helping to secure a Roman victory at Thermopylae, he went to Bithynia to try to persuade the king to give up Rome's great enemy Hannibal. Hannibal, however, committed suicide rather than become a prisoner of Rome.

Key events during the life of Flamininus:

  Served in Second Punic War.
198 BC
Elected consul.
197 BC
Defeated Philip V. of Macedonia at Cynoscephalae.
196 BC
At the Isthmian Games in Corinth, declared the independence of the Greek Cities.
191 BC
Used influence to secure Roman's victory at Thermopylae.
183 BC
Tried to induce Bithynian king to deliver up Hannibal before the latter committed suicide.

Other Resources

Story Links
Book Links
Roman Conquests  in  The Story of the Romans  by  H. A. Guerber
Flamininus  in  Our Young Folks' Plutarch  by  Rosalie Kaufman
Flamininus Is Covered with Garlands  in  The Story of Rome  by  Mary Macgregor

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