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Polybius, Rome and the Hellenistic World
Essays and Reflections


  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521034944

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  • This volume contains nineteen of the more important of Frank Walbank's essays on Polybius and is prefaced by a critical discussion of the main aspects of work done on that author. Several of these essays deal with specific historical problems for which Polybius is a major source. Five deal with Polybius as an historian and three with his attitude towards Rome; one of these raises the question of 'treason' in relation to Polybius and Josephus. Finally, two papers discuss Polybius' later fortunes - in England up to the time of John Dryden and in twentieth-century Italy in the work of Gaetano de Sanctis. Several of these essays originally appeared in journals and collections not always easily accessible, and all students of the ancient Mediterranean world will welcome their assembly within a single volume.

    • Presents nineteen essays by the most important scholar ever to have worked on Polybius and Hellenistic history
    • Assembles in one volume important essays most of which were hitherto difficult to access
    • Contains a comprehensive critical account of recent work on Polybius
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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521034944
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.549kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. Polybian studies, c. 1975–2000
    Part I. Historical and Geographical Papers:
    2. The geography of Polybius
    3. Egypt in Polybius
    4. The surrender of the Egyptian rebels in the Nile delta (Polybius xxii.17.1–7)
    5. Two Hellenistic processions: a matter of self-definition
    6. Polybius and Macedonia
    7. Sea-power and the Antigonids
    8. HÊ TÔN HOLÔN ELPIS and the Antigonids
    9. Hellenes and Achaeans: 'Greek nationality' revisited
    10. The Achaean assemblies
    Part II. Polybius as a Historian:
    11. Timaeus' views on the past
    12. Polybius and the past
    13. The idea of decline in Polybius
    14. Polybius' perception of the one and the many
    15. Profit or amusement: some thoughts on the motives of Hellenistic historians
    Part III. Polybius on Rome:
    16. Supernatural paraphernalia in Polybius' Histories
    17. 'Treason' and Roman domination: two case-studies, Polybius and Josephus
    18. A Greek looks at Rome: Polybius VI revisited
    Part IV. Transmission of Polybius:
    19. Polybius, Mr Dryden and the Glorious Revolution
    20. Polybius through the eyes of Gaetano de Sanctis

  • Author

    Frank W. Walbank, University of Liverpool
    Frank Walbank is Professor Emeritus of Ancient History of the University of Liverpool and Honorary Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Polybius and Hellenistic history.

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