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

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  • Copyright: 2013-05-05
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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 -- transformed the study both of Polybius and of the history of the Hellenistic world.Polybius and his Worldhonors 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 (amongst others). 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 commitments and his academic work, the genesis of his Polybian commentary, and the personal backdrop to his career.

Author Biography

Bruce Gibson is Professor of Latin at Liverpool University.

Thomas Harrison is Professor of of Ancient History & Classical Archaeology at Liverpool University.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Welcome to the Liverpool conference F.W. Walbank
1. Introduction: F.W. Walbank, Polybius and the decline of Greece, Bruce Gibson and Thomas Harrison
2. A piece of work which would occupy some years. OUP Archive Files 814152, 814173, 814011, John Henderson
3. Polybius, Phylarchus and 'Tragic History': A Reconsideration, John Marincola
4. Polybius, Aratus and the history of the 140th Olympiad, Andrew Meadows
5. Some misunderstandings of Polybius in Livy, John Briscoe
6. Polybius Roman prokataskeue, Hans Beck
7. Historiographic Patterns and Historical Obstacles in Polybius' Histories: Marcellus, Flaminius, and the Mamertine Crisis, Craige Champion
8. Polybius and Xenophon: the Mercenary War, Bruce Gibson
9. Youthfulness in Polybius: the case of Philip V of Macedon, B.C. McGing
10. Frank Walbank's Philippos Tragoidoumenos: Polybius' account of Philip's last years, Boris Dreyer
11. Polybius in Context: the Political Dimension of the Histories, John Thornton
12. How to Rule the World: Polybius book 6 reconsidered, Andrew Erskine
13. Polybius distortions of the Roman constitution : a simpl(istic) explanation, Robin Seager
14. Polybius and Josephus on Rome, Erich S. Gruen
15. The rise and fall of the Boeotians: Polybius 20.4-7 as a literary topos, Christel Muller
16. Zeno of Rhodes and the Rhodian view of the past, Hans-Ulrich Wiemer
17. The mighty and the sage: Scipio Aemilianus, Polybius and the quest for friendship in second century Rome, Michael Sommer
18. Mediterranean economies through the text of Polybios, J.K. Davies
19. Imagining the Imperial Mediterranean, Josephine Crawley Quinn
20. Growing up with Polybius, Mitzi Walbank
Index of passages cited
General index

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