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People/Characters: Polybius

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Alexander to Actium: The Historical Evolution of the Hellenistic Age by Peter Green
The Ancient Greek Historians by J. B. Bury
The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca by Emily Wilson
Histories: Bks.XXVIII-XXXIX vol. VI (Loeb Classical Library) by Polybius
History Of Ancient Civilization Volume II The Roman World (Volume II) by Albert A. Trever
A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century by J. W. Burrow
A History of Macedonia by R. Malcolm Errington
A History of the Roman World 753-146 BC by H. H. Scullard
De militia romana libri quinque by Justus Lipsius
On Writing History from Herodotus to Herodian (Penguin Classics) by John M. Marincola
The Punic Wars by Brian Caven
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
The Use and Abuse of History by M. I. Finley

Character description

Polybius of Megalopolis: Greek citizen turned historian of Rome. Born around 200 B.C.E., the Romans took him as a hostage in 167 when they overthrew the Macedonian kingdom of Perseus. In Rome, Polybius met Scipio Aemilianus and came to admire Roman institutions, including their "mixed constitution." When offered a chance to go home after about a dozen years of exile, he chose to stay in Rome, not returning to Greece until 146. He died probably 118 B.C.E. Although of some historical significance, he is remembered primarily for his history of Rome and the Mediterranean world, which is considered to be highly accurate (although it leaves much to be desired stylistically). Unfortunately, only about five books survive, although Polybius was heavily used by other historians such as Livy.

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