The Complete Histories of Polybius

The Complete Histories of Polybius

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Written in the 2nd century by the Greek historian Polybius, "The Histories" is a multi-volume work detailing many of the events, people, and ideas of the Hellenistic Period. While his focus is the space of time in which ancient Rome became a world power from 220 to 167 BC, Polybius also discusses his role as a 'pragmatic historian', a discourse on fate (called tyche),…  See more details below

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Written in the 2nd century by the Greek historian Polybius, "The Histories" is a multi-volume work detailing many of the events, people, and ideas of the Hellenistic Period. While his focus is the space of time in which ancient Rome became a world power from 220 to 167 BC, Polybius also discusses his role as a 'pragmatic historian', a discourse on fate (called tyche), and the superiority of the mixed constitution. Though all forty volumes have not survived to the present day, the complete books extant today cover the affairs of all the important nations of the time, including Egypt, Greece, and Spain, as well as the first and second Punic Wars. Polybius speaks at length on the government of the Romans, citing it as the reason for Rome's success as a force of the world. Though it includes a couple of digressions concerning lesser issues of the time, "The Histories" has proven and continues to be a valuable text when studying the Hellenistic time period and manner of writing.

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ISBN-13:
9781420934236
Publisher:
Neeland Media
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
606
Sales rank:
498,306
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.35(d)

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Complete Histories of Polybius 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining and in depth work.
matt1066 More than 1 year ago
Polybius is the closest thing we have to primary information about abcient Rome. Polybius was a Greek of some importance and moved to Rome where he made a name for himself and had the opportunity to learn from Rome's leading citizens of the time. Livy is also a great Primary source about Rome and it's history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago