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The Histories

Polybius
Translated by Robin Waterfield and Edited by Brian McGing

November 2010

ISBN: 9780199534708

560 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £11.99

Polybius' account of Rome's rise to world power and her method of rule is a major source for the history of the years 220-146 BC. This new translation includes Books 1-5 in their entirety and all of the fragmentary Books 6 and 12 on the Roman constitution and historiography. It is accompanied by an illuminating introduction and notes.

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Polybius' account of Rome's rise to world power and her method of rule is a major source for the history of the years 220-146 BC. This new translation includes Books 1-5 in their entirety and all of the fragmentary Books 6 and 12 on the Roman constitution and historiography. It is accompanied by an illuminating introduction and notes.

  • 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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Polybius

Translated by Robin Waterfield and Edited by Brian McGing, Regius Professor of Greek, Trinity College Dublin

Reviews

"...this new translation of Polybius will be a valuable resource for teachers and students of Polybius and Roman history. The authors deserve no small praise for permitting one of the most highly regarded ancient historians, yet also one of the least read, speak to a new generation." - Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Waterfield is a veteran translator who is senstive to the idiosyncrasies of ancient originals and chooses the difficult task of rendering them in good, natural English." - Bryn Mawr Clasical Review