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Cultural Politics in Polybius's Histories
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Cultural Politics in Polybius's Histories

Craige Champion and William Joseph Sanders

Abstract

Polybius was a Greek statesman and political prisoner of Rome in the second century bce. His Histories provide the earliest continuous narrative of the rise of the Roman Empire. This study, informed by recent work in cultural studies and on ethnicity, demonstrates that Polybius'ss work performs a literary and political balancing act of heretofore-unappreciated subtlety and interest. It shows how Polybius contrived to tailor his historiography for multiple audiences, comprising his fellow Greeks, whose freedom Rome had usurped in his own generation, and the Roman conquerors. The author focuses ... More

Keywords: Roman Empire, cultural studies, ethnicity, multiple audiences, ideological context, political context, historical context

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520237643
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520237643.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Craige Champion, author

William Joseph Sanders, editor