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

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Bruce Gibson, Thomas Harrison
Oxford University Press, Feb 28, 2013 - History - 416 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

F W Walbank Polybius and the Decline of Greece
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2 A piece of work which would occupy some years Oxford University Press Archive Files 814152 814173 814011
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A Reconsideration
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4 Polybius Aratus and the History of the 140supth Olympiad
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5 Some Misunderstandings of Polybius in Livy
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6 Polybius Roman prokataskeue
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Marcellus Flaminius and the Mamertine Crisis
143
The Mercenary War
159
A Simplistic Explanation
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14 Polybius and Josephus on Rome
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Polybius 20 47 as a Literary Topos
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16 Zeno of Rhodes and the Rhodian View of the Past
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17 Scipio Aemilianus Polybius and the Quest for Friendship in SecondCentury Rome
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18 Mediterranean Economies through the Text of Polybius
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19 Imagining the Imperial Mediterranean
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A Daughters Memoir
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The Case of Philip V of Macedon
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Polybius Account of Philips Last Years
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The Political Dimension of the Histories
213
Polybius Book 6 Reconsidered
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Bruce Gibson is Professor of Latin at Liverpool University.

Thomas Harrison is Professor of of Ancient History & Classical Archaeology at Liverpool University.

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