Ancient diplomacy

Ancient diplomacy refers to the diplomatic techniques and methods employed by ancient civilizations to uphold their relationships with other states or city-states.

In the past, diplomacy frequently comprised conversations between kings, ambassadors, or other envoys from other kingdoms or empires in an effort to forge alliances, resolve conflicts, or establish up trade agreements. The formation of diplomatic missions or embassies in other countries as well as the exchange of gifts, letters, or emissaries were common methods used to carry out these diplomatic activities.

In addition to using military force, ancient diplomacy also encompassed the exploitation of social, economic, and cultural ties. The elaborate diplomatic protocols and traditions served as the foundation for contemporary diplomatic activities. The political, economic, and cultural environment of the ancient world was significantly shaped by ancient diplomacy



The Diplomacy of Ancient Greece – A Short Introduction

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Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities

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History and the evolution of diplomacy

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Ancient Diplomacy: What can it teach us?

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