Polybius and Roman Imperialism

Polybius and Roman Imperialism


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Polybius and Roman Imperialism explores in depth the complexity of the Greek historian Polybius' views on the expansion of Roman power. Although he considered imperialism intrinsically noble, and both admired and supported Roman domination, Polybius also evinced detachment from the ruling power. This detachment came in different forms: personal, cultural, patriotic and cultural. In general, he believed that the Romans cited morally acceptable pretexts for declaring war, observed justice in other aspects of foreign policy, and practised beneficence and moderation in their dealings with subject nations. Even with less than half of the original text surviving, the author reveals Polybius' personality and political philosophy.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 18mm | 379.99g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 147250450X
  • 9781472504500
  • 976,685

About Donald Walter Baronowski

Donald Walter Baronowski is Lecturer in the Department of History and Classical Studies, McGill University, Canada.

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Review quote

[This] monograph cuts to the heart of Polybius's conflicted attitudes...This book is not a study of Roman imperialism or of Polybius's historiography but an analyis of a historian's personal reaction to his times. With less than half of the original text extant, the author remarkably brings to light the historian's personality and political philosophy. -- Adrian Tronson, University of New Brunswick The Historian

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Table of contents

Preface List of Abbreviations Introduction Part I. The Attitude of Intellectuals to Imperial Domination in the Hellenistic Period 1. Greek Philosophers and Roman Imperialism 2. Poets, Prophecies and Roman Imperialism 3. Historians and Roman Imperialism Part II. Polybius' Attitude to Roman Domination 4. Polybius on Legitimate Expansion 5. Polybius on the Acquisition, Expansion and Preservation of Imperial Rule 6. Polybius on the Enemies of Rome 7. Polybius in the Service of Rome 8. Polybius, Rome, Barbarism and Fate 9. Polybius on the Future of the Roman Empire Conclusions Notes Bibliography Index of Passages Cited General Index

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