Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Cultural Politics in Polybius's Histories$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Craige Champion and William Joseph Sanders

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520237643

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520237643.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 18 May 2022

Greeks, Romans, and Barbarians: The Cultural Politics of Hellenism

Greeks, Romans, and Barbarians: The Cultural Politics of Hellenism

(p.30) Chapter 2 Greeks, Romans, and Barbarians: The Cultural Politics of Hellenism
Cultural Politics in Polybius's Histories

Craige B. Champion

University of California Press

This chapter reports the cultural politics of the Greek/barbarian bipolarity, with special focus on second-century Greek and Roman politico-cultural interactions. It establishes an interpretative framework for reading Polybius's collective representations and also reviews some of the broad outlines of ancient Hellenism as a politico-cultural discursive system. A major theme of the chapter is the necessity of rooting both the shifting meanings and applications of Hellenism and barbarism in their particular historical contexts. Hellenistic Athens provides the best evidence for Greek antipathy toward the northern power. Furthermore, the chapter investigates some particularly illuminating Greek reactions to Roman power, commencing with the First Illyrian War (229/228). There is ample evidence for both the politics of cultural assimilation and the politics of cultural alienation in Greek reactions to Rome, and this evidence indicates that Greek opinions on Rome were very divided in Polybius's day.

Keywords:   Greeks, Romans, barbarians, Hellenism, cultural politics, Polybius, barbarism

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.