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Old 05-14-2008, 01:08 AM   #1
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Default Who has read Polybius?

I have not, but it appears I may have missed on an important point of view.

http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/...bius/home.html

Have others been reading him and hiding him from me?
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I have not, but it appears I may have missed on an important point of view.

http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/...bius/home.html

Have others been reading him and hiding him from me?
All right, who let polybius out of the cellar again? Heads are going to roll this time.
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Old 05-15-2008, 01:53 AM   #3
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All right, who let polybius out of the cellar again? Heads are going to roll this time.
Polybius is our best ancient source for Hellenistic Greece and Rome's expansion east after the Punic Wars. It's a good read (but long).
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I'm just happy to admit I've actually heard his name before.
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Polybius is our best ancient source for Hellenistic Greece and Rome's expansion east after the Punic Wars. It's a good read (but long).
Shamefully, I didn't realize how big he was.

He is interesting but people have commented I won't like his Greek, why?
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Shamefully, I didn't realize how big he was.

He is interesting but people have commented I won't like his Greek, why?
He doesn't get a lot of publicity because the Hellenistic age is still pretty overlooked in Greek history, and his work is mostly fragmentary. There's a decent penguin edition of the surviving portions and excerpts.

I haven't read him very much in Greek, though. Maybe the Greek is hard because he was Arcadian (not Attic), or because he translates so many Latin terms into Greek.
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I've read pieces of Polybius of but not all of it by any means. He is in many ways Rome's Herodotus, and heavily influenced by him even calling his works the Histories. He was a genuine believer and pioneer of Republican government. I understand he influenced the framers of the Constitution. He also provided source material for some later greats like Plutarch.
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