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Published: 11 November 2010

560 Pages | 3 maps


ISBN: 9780199534708

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The Histories

Translated by Robin Waterfield and Edited by Brian McGing

Oxford World's Classics

  • The first new translation for over thirty years of Polybius' Histories, the major source for our knowledge of Rome's rise to world power and her method of rule in the years 220-146 BC, including the Second Punic War, the defeat of Hannibal and Rome's victories in the Mediterranean.
  • Includes the only five books to survive in their entirety, plus all the fragmentary Books 6 and 12, an account of the Roman constitution and an analysis of how to write history (and how not to write it).
  • Robin Waterfield's fresh translation makes Polybius accessible to a new generation of readers and students.
  • Brian McGing's lucid introduction discusses the period covered by the Histories, Polybius' major role in the reconstruction of Greece after the defeat of the Achaean League, the themes and subject matter of the individual books, and Polybius' historical theory and method and significance for historiography.
  • Includes succinct, clear notes, maps, glossary, index of proper names.

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