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

Hardcover | May 28, 2013

EditorBruce Gibson, Thomas Harrison

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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 - transformedthe 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 (amongstothers). 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 commitmentsand his academic work, the genesis of his Polybian commentary, and the personal backdrop to his career.

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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 - transformedthe study both of Polybius and of the histo...

Bruce Gibson is Professor of Latin at Liverpool University and Thomas Harrison is Professor of of Ancient History at Liverpool University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:May 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsAbbreviationsNotes on ContributorsF.W. Walbank: Welcome to the Liverpool conference1. Bruce Gibson and Thomas Harrison: Introduction: F.W. Walbank, Polybius and the decline of Greece2. John Henderson: A piece of work which would occupy some years. OUP Archive Files 814152, 814173, 8140113. John Marincola: Polybius, Phylarchus and 'Tragic History': A Reconsideration4. Andrew Meadows: Polybius, Aratus and the history of the 140th Olympiad5. John Briscoe: Some misunderstandings of Polybius in Livy6. Hans Beck: Polybius Roman prokataskeue7. Craige Champion: Historiographic Patterns and Historical Obstacles in Polybius' Histories: Marcellus, Flaminius, and the Mamertine Crisis8. Bruce Gibson: Polybius and Xenophon: the Mercenary War9. B.C. McGing: Youthfulness in Polybius: the case of Philip V of Macedon10. Boris Dreyer: Frank Walbank's Philippos Tragoidoumenos: Polybius' account of Philip's last years11. John Thornton: Polybius in Context: the Political Dimension of the Histories12. Andrew Erskine: How to Rule the World: Polybius book 6 reconsidered13. Robin Seager: Polybius distortions of the Roman constitution : a simpl(istic) explanation14. Erich S. Gruen: Polybius and Josephus on Rome15. Christel Muller: The rise and fall of the Boeotians: Polybius 20.4-7 as a literary topos16. Hans-Ulrich Wiemer: Zeno of Rhodes and the Rhodian view of the past17. Michael Sommer: The mighty and the sage: Scipio Aemilianus, Polybius and the quest for friendship in second century Rome18. J.K. Davies: Mediterranean economies through the text of Polybios19. Josephine Crawley Quinn: Imagining the Imperial Mediterranean20. Mitzi Walbank: Growing up with PolybiusBibliographyIndex of passages citedGeneral index