Polybius' Histories (Oxford Approaches to Classical Literature)

Polybius' Histories (Oxford Approaches to Classical Literature)


Polybius' Histories is one in all classical antiquity's nice political narratives. Written in forty books (of which basically the 1st 5 are preserved in full), it initially got down to clarify the dramatic upward push of Rome within the part century from the conflict opposed to Hannibal to the defeat and abolishment of the Macedonian country in 167 BC. At a later degree, Polybius prolonged his insurance right down to the Roman destruction of Carthage and Corinth within the yr 146 BC. even if written in a typical Greek sort, the paintings used to be composed with nice care, readability and talent, and gives a desirable discourse at the politics of strength. the writer was once himself a number one Greek baby-kisser and normal who moved comfortable one of the strongest males of the day and took part in lots of of the occasions that he describes. This quantity offers an available creation to this significant paintings of classical literature. starting with an overview of its contents and association, Brian McGing is going directly to study Polybius' theoretical method of writing heritage and the cautious artistry at the back of his paintings. Later chapters speak about Polybius' eventful existence and the way it affected his perspectives on heritage and politics, and research the influential theorizing of ebook six of the Histories. In an epilogue, McGing chronicles the destiny of Polybius' paintings after his loss of life, from classical antiquity to the Renaissance to the yank Revolution and as much as the current. the amount contains distinctive maps and an inventory of famous persons.

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