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    DescriptionPolybius was a Greek statesman and political prisoner of Rome in the second century b.c.e. His Histories provide the earliest continuous narrative of the rise of the Roman Empire. In this original study informed by recent work in cultural studies and on ethnicity, Craige Champion demonstrates that Polybius' work performs a literary and political balancing act of heretofore unappreciated subtlety and interest. Champion shows how Polybius contrived to tailor his historiography for multiple audiences, comprising his fellow Greeks, whose freedom Rome had usurped in his own generation, and the Roman conquerors. Champion focuses primarily on the ideological presuppositions and predispositions of Polybius's different audiences in order to interpret the apparent contradictions and incongruities in his text. In this way he develops a 'politics of cultural indeterminacy' in which Polybius' collective representations of political and ethnic groups have different meanings for different audiences in different contexts. Situating these representations in the ideological, political, and historical contexts from which they arose, his book affords new and penetrating insights into a work whose subtlety and complexity have gone largely unrecognized.


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    Title
    Cultural Politics in Polybius's Histories
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Craige B. Champion
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 343
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 658 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520237643
    ISBN 10: 0520237641
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    Abridged Dewey: 938
    DC22: 938
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: POL010000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, HIS002010
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: D58.P8 C43 2004
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    LC classification: 2003017212
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC region code: 1.7.3.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: JPA, NHD, NHC
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAR
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    23 August 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    Craige B. Champion is Associate Professor of Ancient History and Classics in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
    Review quote
    "Smart and sophisticated. A work that is simultaneously a sensitive study of a major Greek historian and a probing analysis of the Greco-Roman society in which his history was produced." - John Marincola, author of Authority and Tradition in Ancient Historiography"
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    "Smart and sophisticated. A work that is simultaneously a sensitive study of a major Greek historian and a probing analysis of the Greco-Roman society in which his history was produced."--John Marincola, author of "Authority and Tradition in Ancient Historiography"