Polybius Book I, A Commentary
Born about 200 B.C. in Greece to a politically prominent family, Polybius had his own political career cut short when he was deported to Rome as a hostage. During his exile, he commenced the composition of his Histories, with the original goal of examining Rome's rise to supremacy during the years from 220 to 168 B.C.; later he would extend his investigation down to the aftermath of the Third Punic and Achaean wars, which ended in 146 B.C.
Of the original forty books of the Histories, today only the first five survive essentially intact, with most of the remaining books represented by fragments of various lengths. In this volume, David D. Phillips presents a commentary on Polybius' first book.
The volume includes the definitive text by Theodor Buttner-Wobst, together with detailed commentary on points of linguistic and historical interest, and an introduction to Polybius' life, the Histories (with special attention to Book 1), and Polybian language, style, and tone. An index of Greek words is also provided.
Complete Greek Text of Book
Index of Greek Words
'a long-awaited contribution to Polybian scholarship, as it focuses on the historian's language and style and opens up this difficult text to those in need of more direction.
'The fact that this volume was used to and is intended to teach from is clear from the presentation of Polybius' original text. The Greek is printed in a clear and easily readable font, the number of the passages are presented at the top of each page, and the individual passage numbers within the text are highlighted in bold for ease of identification.
'... it will open doors to the teaching, analysis and reception of Polybius. It will hopefully be the impetus for further linguistic commentaries on Polybius' work, and the start of a new direction in the teaching of post-classical koinê
Emma Nicholson, University of Exeter
- Histos 12 (2018)
David D. Phillips is Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles. Previous books include The Laws of Ancient Athens (University of Michigan Press, 2013), Avengers of Blood: Homicide in Athenian Law and Custom from Draco to Demosthenes (Franz Steiner Verlag, 2008), and Athenian Political Oratory: 16 Key Speeches (Routledge, 2004).
New Titles List
David D. Phillips
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- Collections at Risk - New Challenges in a New Environment
- The Countryside of Aphrodisias
- Divine Honors for Mortal Men in Greek Cities - The Early Cases
- The Economy of the Roman World
- Flame Tree Lane - Lenpas Flanbwayan
- Generic Composition in Greek and Roman Poetry
- The Greek and Latin Inscriptions of Caesarea Maritima
- Greek Texts of the Fourth to Thirteenth Centuries
- Karanis, An Egyptian Town in Roman Times - Discoveries of the University of Michigan Expedition to Egypt (1924-1935)
- A Maiden of Mauritius
- Palamedes Volume 5 - A Journal of Ancient History (2010)
- Palamedes Volume 6 - A Journal of Ancient History (2011)
- Palamedes Volume 7 - A Journal of Ancient History 7 (2012)
- Palamedes Volume 8 - A Journal of Ancient History (2013)
- Palamedes Volume 9/10 (2014/2015) - A Journal of Ancient History
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- Rocks, Paper, Memory - Wendy Artin's Watercolor Paintings of Ancient Sculptures
- The Roman Empire of Ammianus
- Sappho's Gift - The Poet and Her Community
- Seafaring & Maritime Interconnections
- Shechem V - The Late Bronze Age Pottery from Field Xiii at Shechem / Tell Balatah
- Thucydidean Narrative and Discourse
- The Well-Read Muse - Present and Past in Callimachus and the Hellenistic Poets