The Histories

Paperback | December 11, 2010

EditorPolybiusTranslated byRobin WaterfieldbyBrian Mcging

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'no one else in our times has attempted to write a universal history'Polybius' ambitious goal was to describe how Rome conquered the Mediterranean world in less than fifty-three years. This great study of imperialism takes the reader back to Rome's first encounter with Carthage in 264 and forward to her destruction of that renowned city in 146. Polybius, himself aleading Greek politician of the time, emphasizes the importance of practical experience for the writing of political history as well as the critical assessment of all the evidence. He attributes Rome's success to the greatness of its constitution and the character of its people, but also allowsFortune a role in designing the shape of world events.This new translation by Robin Waterfield, the first for over thirty years, includes the first five books in their entirety, and all of the fragmentary Books 6 and 12, containing Polybius' account of the Roman constitution and his outspoken views on how (and how not) to write history. Brian McGing'saccompanying introduction and notes illuminate this remarkable political history.

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'no one else in our times has attempted to write a universal history'Polybius' ambitious goal was to describe how Rome conquered the Mediterranean world in less than fifty-three years. This great study of imperialism takes the reader back to Rome's first encounter with Carthage in 264 and forward to her destruction of that renowned cit...

Robin Waterfield is an author and translator. His many acclaimed translations for OWC include Plato's Republic and five other Plato translations, Plutarch, Herodotus, Aristotle, Xenophon and Euripides. Brian McGing has written articles on the Hellenistic period and recently completed a book on Polybius.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pagesPublished:December 11, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199534705

ISBN - 13:9780199534708

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