The Rise of the Roman Empire

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Penguin Books Limited, 1979 - History - 574 pages
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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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An engaging read for the historically minded. He was a Greek prisoner (hostage) who became enamored of the Roman Republic and the merit of its people. This was long before Sulla and Marius started Rome down the road to autocracy. His perspective brings the Republic to life. Read full review

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A great read. Great source for Punic War army details. Book VI on the forms of states are recommended. Should be in every classical bookshelf. Recommended reading for ancient wargamers.

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About the author (1979)

Polybius (200-118 BC) 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.

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