The Rise of the Roman Empire

The Rise of the Roman Empire

Paperback Penguin Classics Language: English / Greek, Ancient (to 1453)

By (author) Polybius, Introduction by Frank W. Walbank, Translated by Ian Scott-Kilvert

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 576 pages
  • Language: English / Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 193mm x 28mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 28 February 1980
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140443622
  • ISBN 13: 9780140443622
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: maps, plan, index
  • Sales rank: 55,406

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The Greek statesman Polybius (c.200 - 118 BC) wrote his account of the relentless growth of the Roman Empire in order to help his fellow countrymen understand how their world came to be dominated by Rome. Opening with the Punic War in 264 BC, he vividly records the critical stages of Roman expansion: its campaigns throughout the Mediterranean, the temporary setbacks inflicted by Hannibal and the final destruction of Carthage. An active participant of the politics of his time as well as a friend of many prominent Roman citizens, Polybius drew on many eyewitness accounts in writing this cornerstone work of history.

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Polybius lived from 200-118 BC and was a Greek statesman and historian. F.W. Walbank has published numerous works on ancient Greece. Ian Scott-Kilvert has also translated Plutarch's works for Penguin Classics.

Table of contents

The Rise of the Roman EmpireList of Maps Introduction Translator's Note Book I: Introduction; The First Punic War Book II: Affairs in Spain; The Romans in Illyria; Affairs in Spain; Rome and the Gauls; Affiars in Spain; Events in Greece: the Achaean League Book III: Introduction; The Second Punic War; The Second Illyrian War; The Second Punic War; The Second Illyrian War; The Second Punic War Book IV: Affairs in Greece; Civil War in Cynaetha; Byzantium and the Black Sea Book V: Affairs in Egypt: The Death of Cleomenes; Affairs in Greece: Philip and the Greeks Book VI: From the Preface; On the Forms of States; On the Roman Constitution at Its Prime; The Roman Military System; The Roman Republic Compared with Others; Conclusion Book VII: Affairs in Sicily; Affairs in Greece: The Treaty between Hannibal and Philip of Macedon, The Character of Philip Book VIII: Affairs in Sicily: The Siege of Syracuse; Affairs in Greece: Philip of Macedon; Macedon; Affairs in Italy: The Siege of Tarentum Book IX: Introduction; Affairs in Italy: The Seige of Capua; On Generalship; The Character of Hannibal Book X: The Character of Scipio; Affairs in Spain: The Capture of New Carthage, Scipio and the Spaniards Book XI: Affairs in Italy: The Battle of the Metaurus; The Character of Hannibal Book XII: Criticisms of Timaeus and His Approach to History: Errors on the Fauna of Africa and Corsica, Errors Concerning Sicily, Intentional and Unintentional Falsehoods, Timaeus on Callisthenes, Demoshares of Athens, Agathocles of Sicily, Timaeus' Criticisms of Other Writers, Timaeus on the Bull of Phalaris, Timaeus' Methods in Composing Speeches, Comparison of History and Medicine, Timaeus' Lack of Political and Military Experience and Unwillingness to Travel, The Causes of Timaeus' Faults and Qualities of the Good Historian Book XIV: Affairs in Africa: Scipio's Campaigns Book XV: Affairs in Africa: The Final Campaign; The End of the Second Punic War; Affaris in Macedonia, Syria and Egypt; Affairs in Egypt: A Palace Revolution Book XVIII: Affairs in Greece: Flamininus and Philip; On Treachery; On the Phalanx; Affairs in Greece" Flamininus and the Peace Settlement Book XXIV: Affairs in Greece: Philopoemen and Aristaenus Book XXXI: Affairs in Rome and Syria: The Escape of Demetrius; Affairs in Italy: Aemilius Paullus, Scipio and Polybius Book XXXVI: Affairs in Rome and Carthage: The Third Punic War; On Fate and Chance Book XXXIX: From the Epilogue Maps Chronological Table Index