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Polybius and His World: Essays in Memory of F.W. Walbank

ISBN : 9780199608409

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Author: 
Bruce Gibson; Thomas Harrison
Pages
432 Pages
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Hardcover
Size
162 x 240 mm
Pub date
Mar 2013
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From his first publication, Aratos of Sicyon (1933), to his death in 2008, F. W. Walbank established himself as one of the leading ancient historians of the last century. His many publications - not least his three-volume commentary on the Greek historian of Roman power, Polybius - transformed the study both of Polybius and of the history of the Hellenistic world. Polybius and his World honours Walbank's achievement by bringing together a number of leading scholars in the fields of Hellenistic historiography and history. The twenty chapters, including an introduction by the volume's editors, re-examine a number of central Polybian themes: Polybius' position between Greece and Rome, his account of the Roman constitution, and the relationship of his work with Xenophon, Phylarchus, Aratus of Sicyon, and Livy (amongst others). The book looks at Polybius' text in the light of narratological perspectives and for the wealth of source material it offers for the economic historian, whilst three chapters also consider aspects of Walbank's own life and work, especially the relationship between his political commitments and his academic work, the genesis of his Polybian commentary, and the personal backdrop to his career.

Index: 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABBREVIATIONS
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
WELCOME TO THE LIVERPOOL CONFERENCE
1. Introduction: F.W. Walbank, Polybius and the decline of Greece
2. A piece of work which would occupy some years. OUP Archive Files 814152, 814173, 814011
3. Polybius, Phylarchus and 'Tragic History': A Reconsideration
4. Polybius, Aratus and the history of the 140th Olympiad
5. Some misunderstandings of Polybius in Livy
6. Polybius Roman prokataskeue
7. Historiographic Patterns and Historical Obstacles in Polybius' Histories: Marcellus, Flaminius, and the Mamertine Crisis
8. Polybius and Xenophon: the Mercenary War
9. Youthfulness in Polybius: the case of Philip V of Macedon
10. Frank Walbank's Philippos Tragoidoumenos: Polybius' account of Philip's last years
11. Polybius in Context: the Political Dimension of the Histories
12. How to Rule the World: Polybius book 6 reconsidered
13. Polybius distortions of the Roman constitution : a simpl(istic) explanation
14. Polybius and Josephus on Rome
15. The rise and fall of the Boeotians: Polybius 20.4-7 as a literary topos
16. Zeno of Rhodes and the Rhodian view of the past
17. The mighty and the sage: Scipio Aemilianus, Polybius and the quest for friendship in second century Rome
18. Mediterranean economies through the text of Polybios
19. Imagining the Imperial Mediterranean
20. Growing up with Polybius
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX OF PASSAGES CITED
GENERAL INDEX

About the author: 

Bruce Gibson is Professor of Latin, Liverpool University; Thomas Harrison is Professor of of Ancient History, Liverpool University

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