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The Histories, Volume VI: Books 28-39. Fragments

The Histories, Volume VI: Books 28-39. Fragments

Hardback Loeb Classical Library

By (author) Polybius, Translated by W. R. Paton, Revised by F. W. Walbank, Revised by Christian Habicht, Edited and translated by S. Douglas Olson

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  • Publisher: Loeb Classical Library
  • Format: Hardback | 640 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 163mm x 36mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 23 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0674996615
  • ISBN 13: 9780674996618
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised
  • Sales rank: 325,408

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The historian Polybius (ca. 200--118 bce) was born into a leading family of Megalopolis in the Peloponnese and served the Achaean League in arms and diplomacy for many years. From 168 to 151 he was held hostage in Rome, where he became a friend of Scipio Aemilianus, whose campaigns, including the destruction of Carthage, he later attended. As a trusted mediator between Greece and the Romans, he helped in the discussions that preceded the final war with Carthage, and after 146 was entrusted by the Romans with the details of administration in Greece. Polybius's overall theme is how and why the Romans spread their power as they did. The main part of his history covers the years 264--146 bce, describing the rise of Rome, the destruction of Carthage, and the eventual domination of the Greek world. The Histories is a vital achievement despite the incomplete state in which all but the first five of its original forty books survive. For this edition, W. R. Paton's excellent translation, first published in 1922, has been thoroughly revised, the Buttner-Wobst Greek text corrected, and explanatory notes and a new introduction added, all reflecting the latest scholarship. The final volume adds a new edition of fragments unattributed to particular books of The Histories.

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F. W. Walbank was Rathbone Professor of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Liverpool and a Fellow of the British Academy. Christian Habicht is Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and a Fellow of the British Academy. S. Douglas Olson is Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota.