The Rise of the Roman Empire

The Rise of the Roman Empire

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by Polybius
     
 

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The Greek statesman Polybius (c.200–118 BC) wrote his account of the relentless growth of the Roman Empire in order to help his fellow countrymen understand how their world came to be dominated by Rome. Opening with the Punic War in 264 BC, he vividly records the critical stages of Roman expansion: its campaigns throughout the Mediterranean, the temporary

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The Greek statesman Polybius (c.200–118 BC) wrote his account of the relentless growth of the Roman Empire in order to help his fellow countrymen understand how their world came to be dominated by Rome. Opening with the Punic War in 264 BC, he vividly records the critical stages of Roman expansion: its campaigns throughout the Mediterranean, the temporary setbacks inflicted by Hannibal and the final destruction of Carthage. An active participant of the politics of his time as well as a friend of many prominent Roman citizens, Polybius drew on many eyewitness accounts in writing this cornerstone work of history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140443622
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1980
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
131,691
Product dimensions:
5.07(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Polybius (200-118 BC) was a Greek statesman and historian.

F.W. Walbank has published numerous works on ancient Greece.

Ian Scott-Kilvert has also translated Plutarch's works for Penguin Classics.

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The Rise of the Roman Empire 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Polybius was a Greek historian who lived at the time when Rome conquered Greece and was already dominating the Mediterranean. He was a fair-minded historian who hated the Romans, but documented them with objectivity. He retells the Punic wars: Hannibal Lecter's name comes from Hannibal the Carthaginian general who nearly resorted to cannibalism when he and his army of elephants were stranded in the Alps when they contrived a sneak attack on Rome. Polybius even admits to the decadence of Greek society.
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Awesome....!Beautiful....!Wonderful....!I really enjoy it.....!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book portrays exquizitly, the rise and fall of the roman empire. It travels from Rome all the way to Alexandria. A definate read for roman fanatics!