Imperialism, Cultural Politics, and Polybius

Hardcover | March 14, 2012

EditorChristopher Smith, Liv Mariah Yarrow

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The essays in this volume address central problems in the development of Roman imperialism in the third and second century BC. Published in honour of the distinguished Oxford academic Peter Derow, they follow some of his main interests: the author Polybius, the characteristics of Roman powerand imperial ambition, and the mechanisms used by Rome in creating and sustaining an empire in the east. Written by a distinguished group of international historians, all of whom were taught by Derow, the volume constitutes a new and distinctive contribution to the history of this centrallyimportant period, as well as a major advance in the study of Polybius as a writer. In addition, the volume looks at the way Rome absorbed religions from the east, and at Hellenistic artistic culture. It also sheds new light on the important region of Illyria on the Adriatic Coast, which played a key part in Rome's rise to power. Archaeological, epigraphic, and textual evidenceare brought together to create a sustained argument for Rome's determined and systematic pursuit of power.

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The essays in this volume address central problems in the development of Roman imperialism in the third and second century BC. Published in honour of the distinguished Oxford academic Peter Derow, they follow some of his main interests: the author Polybius, the characteristics of Roman powerand imperial ambition, and the mechanisms us...

Christopher Smith is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews and Director of the British School at Rome. He has written on early Roman history and archaeology, and on Roman historiography more generally. Liv Mariah Yarrow is Associate Professor and Chair of the Classics Department at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She h...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:390 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:March 14, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of ContributorsList of FiguresList of AbbreviationsIntroductionPart I: Author, Text, and Influence1. Andrew Erskine: Polybius among the Romans: Life in the Cyclops Cave2. Brian McGing: Polybius and Herodotus3. Timothy Rood: Polybius, Thucydides, and the First Punic War4. Georgina Longley: Thucydides, Polybius and Human Nature5. David Langslow: The Language of Polybius since Foucault and DubuissonPart II: Mechanisms of Imperialism6. Andrew Meadows: Deditio in Fidem: The Ptolemaic Conquest of Asia Minor7. David Potter: Old and New in Roman Foreign Affairs: the case of 1978. Amy Russell: Amelius Paullus sees Greece: Travel, Vision and Power in Polybius9. Liv Mariah Yarrow: Decem Legati: a Flexible Institution, Rigidly Perceived10. Olivier Hekster: Client Kings and Regime Change in the Roman RepublicPart III: Cultural Forms of Political Expression11. Nikola Casule: In part a Roman sea: Rome and the Adriatic in the third century BC12. John Ma: Honorific Statues and Hellenistic History13. Hugh Bowden: Rome, Pessinous and Battakes: Religious Encounters with the East14. Bruce Gibson: Festivals and Games in Polybius15. Jonathan Williams: From Polybius to the Parthenon: Religion, Art and PlunderBibliographyIndex LocorumGeneral Index