It was at this same period that the romans for the first time crossed to illyricum and that part of europe with an army. Patons excellent translation, first published in 1922, has been thoroughly revised, the buttnerwobst greek text corrected, and explanatory notes and a new. Jan 12, 2016 depopulation in ancient greece and rome by polybius and emperor augustus sub replacement fertility duration. Polybius histories cover the period from 264 bc to 146 bc. He is also renowned for his ideas of political balance in government, which were later used in montesquieus the spirit of the laws and in the drafting of the united states constitution. Historiai were originally written in 40 volumes, only the. Volume ii and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. The histories, i, books 1 2 loeb classical library no. Within the short space of about 50 years rome went from being a provincial leader of an italian confederacy to become the mistress of the mediterranean. Polybius, histories, book 2, the boii attack the romans and lose. Polybius was the greek historian who wrote of the rise of rome to mediterranean power, and who is usually ranked as one of the ancient worlds great historians.
In this short film, brian mcging of trinity college, dublin, introduces the work of the ancient greek historian, polybius. The nook book ebook of the the histories of polybius, vol. From 168 to 151 he was held hostage in rome, where he became a friend of scipio aemilianus, whose campaigns, including the destruction of carthage, he later attended. In the previous book i have described how the romans, having subdued all italy, began to aim at foreign dominion. A historical author should not try to thrill his readers by such exaggerated pictures, nor should he, like a tragic poet, try to imagine the probable utterances of his characters or reckon up all the consequences probably incidental to. Polybius, greek statesman and historian who wrote of the rise of rome to world prominence. We would like to show you a description here but the site wont allow us. Recapitulation of book 1 situation in illyria the illyrians relieve medion death of agron of illyria queen teutas pirates the aetolians and achaeans support the epirotes a band of gallic mercenaries queen teuta and rome teuta sends out another fleet illyrian victories corcyra submits to the romans teuta agrees to pay tribute to rome jealousy at rome of hasdrubal in spain cisalpine gaul grain.
Polybius wrote his histories to find out by what means and by what political system the entire world was brought under the domination of rome. It describes the rise of rome to the destruction of carthage and the domination of greece by rome. And as he states, it was an event totally without precedent. Conclusion of book 2 my reason for writing about this war at such length, was the advisability, or rather necessity, in view of the general purpose of my history, of making clear the relations existing between macedonia and greece at a time which coincides with the period of which i am about to treat. The bulk of the work is passed down to us through collections of excerpts kept in libraries in byzantium, for the most part. The histories polybius news newspapers books scholar jstor november 20 learn how and when to remove this template message. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books youve read. The main part of polybiuss history covers the years 264146 bce. Polybius histories begin in the year 264 bc and end in 146 bc. Polybius, the histories, volume i the historian polybius ca.
The histories of polybius and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle. The histories of greekborn, roman historian polybius c. Depopulation in ancient greece and rome by polybius and emperor augustus sub replacement fertility duration. Polybiuss overall theme is how and why the romans spread their power as they did. The histories of polybius book six translated by evelyn s. Of all that befell the romans and carthaginians, good or bad, the cause was one man and one mindhannibal. The work describes the rise of the roman republic to the status of dominance in the ancient mediterranean world. This new translation by robin waterfield, the first for over thirty years, includes the first five books in their entirety, and all of the fragmentary books 6 and 12, containing polybius account of the roman constitution and his outspoken views on how and how not to write history. Narrative structures in polybius histories ku scholarworks the. Walbank, a noted polybius scholar with extensive notes. He is primarily concerned with the 53 years in which ancient rome became a dominant world power. Home browse books book details, the histories of polybius the histories of polybius vol. He passed, it is true, a youth enlivened by pleasure, and practised more selfrestraint in.
Books iv are extant and there are various excerpts for the rest. Nov 08, 20 free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by project gutenberg. These are the first two volumes of a revised text and translation of the histories of polybius. In his histories, polybius begins in the year 264 bc and ends in 146 bc polybius himself was born around 200 and died around 117 bc.
The histories, on which his reputation rests, consisted of 40 books, the last being indexes. Its main focus is the period from 220 bc to 167 bc, describing romes efforts in subduing its archenemy, carthage, and thereby becoming the dominant mediterranean force. Go to the loeb library website to order until amazon gets. For it is notorious that he managed the italian campaigns in person, and the spanish by the agency of the elder of his brothers, hasdrubal, and subsequently by that of mago, the leaders who killed. Contributor robarts university of toronto language english volume 2. The loeb classical library has issued a new edition of this book and vol. This great study of imperialism takes the reader back to romes first encounter with carthage in 264 and forward to her destruction of that renowned city in 146. Comprising fragments of books 10 to 39 17, 19, and 37 are missing, a compendium of smaller fragments, and an extensive index, volume 2 covers, inter alia, the hannibalian war from 209 bce, the. The third punic war, 149146 bce the histories, book xxxvixxxix the histories, book xxxvi. Read the fulltext online edition of the histories of polybius vol. I am aware that some will be at a loss to account for my interrupting the course of my narrative for the sake of entering upon the following disquisition on the roman constitution. Polybius was the greek historian who wrote of the rise of rome to. Polybius says that he wrote his histories to find out by what means and by what political system the entire world was brought under the domination of rome. His edition of polybiuss histories, translated by robin waterfield, is.
Polybius histories begin in the year 264 bc and end in 146 bc polybius was born around 200 bc and died around 117 bc. Just about the same time, by the death of euergetes. A new introduction is provided by christian habicht. It may occur to some to ask why i have not given a dramatic turn to my narrative, now that i have so striking a theme and a subject of such importance, by recording the actual speeches delivered.
The histories polybius robin waterfield and brian mcging oxford worlds classics. From 168 to 151 he was held hostage in rome, where he became a friend of lucius aemilius paulus and his two sons, especially scipio aemilianus, whose campaigns, including the. Some supposed that he retraced his steps for love of queen berenice, nor was his young heart averse to her charms, but this affection occasioned no hindrance to action. The first new translation for over thirty years of polybius histories, the major source for our knowledge of romes rise to world power and her method of rule in the years 220146 bc, including the second punic war, the defeat of hannibal and romes victories in the mediterranean. Within the short space of about 50 years rome went from being a provincial. Within the limits marked by these terminal olympiad dates, which simply.
This period, from 220167 bc, saw rome subjugate carthage and gain control over hellenistic greece. The histories tacitusbook 2 wikisource, the free online. In writing his account of the relentless growth of the roman empire, the greek statesman polybius c. By purchasing books through this website, you support our nonprofit organization. The histories, i, books 12 loeb classical library no. But i think that i have already in many passages made it fully evident that this particular branch of my work. Free classic works in pdf the substance of polybius work is based on historical information and conveys his role as a historian. It may occur to some to ask why i have not given a dramatic turn to my narrative, now that i have so striking a theme and a subject of such importance, by recording the actual speeches. Page 379 leaving aside the ignoble and womanish character of such a treatment of his subject, let us consider how far it is proper or serviceable to history. In his histories, polybius begins in the year 264 bc and ends in 146 bc polybius himself was born read more. The histories is a multivolume work written by polybius who was taken as a hostage to rome after the roman defeat of the achaean league, and there he began to write an account of the rise of rome to a world power. The histories is a vital achievement of the first importance despite the incomplete state in which all but the first five of its original forty books survive. Ancient history encyclopedia receives a small commission for each book sold.
The main part of the work, a vital achievement despite the incomplete state in which all but the first five books of an original forty survive, describes the rise of rome, its destruction of carthage, and its eventual domination of the greek world. These and like thoughts made him waver between hope and fear. Of his preliminary sketch contained in books 1 and 2, the punic wars. The project gutenberg ebook of the histories of polybius vol. Polybius, histories, book 2, recapitulation of book 1. The chronology of polybius histories, books i and ii jstor.255 673 948 16 532 550 995 457 784 896 1001 635 1352 1595 1215 1527 675 538 1031 1365 14 760 318 375 453 148 376 180 1376 1454 1220 523 879