Cultural Politics in Polybius's i Histories i by Craige B. Champion

By Craige B. Champion

Polybius was once a Greek statesman and political prisoner of Rome within the moment century b.c.e. His Histories give you the earliest non-stop narrative of the increase of the Roman Empire. during this unique examine trained by way of fresh paintings in cultural stories and on ethnicity, Craige Champion demonstrates that Polybius's paintings plays a literary and political balancing act of heretofore unappreciated subtlety and curiosity. Champion indicates how Polybius contrived to tailor his historiography for a number of audiences, comprising his fellow Greeks, whose freedom Rome had usurped in his personal iteration, and the Roman conquerors. Champion focuses totally on the ideological presuppositions and predispositions of Polybius's diverse audiences so that it will interpret the obvious contradictions and incongruities in his textual content. during this method he develops a "politics of cultural indeterminacy" within which Polybius's collective representations of political and ethnic teams have diverse meanings for various audiences in several contexts. Situating those representations within the ideological, political, and old contexts from which they arose, his ebook provides new and penetrating insights right into a paintings whose subtlety and complexity have long past principally unrecognized.

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11. 22. Dryden’s comments are from “The Character of Polybius and His Writings,” in The History of Polybius . . translated by Sir Henry Sheeres (London 1698), text as quoted at Eckstein 1995b: 17 and n. 75. See Momigliano 1987: 79–98 on the rediscovery of Polybius in modern Europe; on Polybius’s importance to the framers of the American constitution, see Chinard 1940; cf. Lintott 1999: 251–55; Momigliano 1987: 77. 23. 5–8, with Errington 1969: 232–37; Numantine War: Cic. Fam. 12. political subordination and historiography 21 must judge Polybius as historian and author on the basis of the surviving portions of his monumental historical work on Rome.

9–10). 50. Bruns 1898: 18. 51. Inwardly-directed, subjective, and indirect historians are, as theoretical constructs, schematizations. They are useful when understood as indications of emphasis and/or predominance of approach. It is a matter of degree, not kind. Cf. the reservations on historiographical typologies at Marincola 1997a: 2–3. 52. 10–11 (Thessalians, Aetolians, Cretans, Achaeans, and Macedonians); cf. 4 and 7–8 (fighting qualities of Median tribesmen). 53 But these representations were all informed by the politico-cultural vocabulary of Hellenism.

Ep. 12, with Luce 1989: 17, 25–27. 34. Pichon 1896 (I have been unable to consult this work). 35. 472 n. 2; 411 and 504 (comparison with Gibbon). 36. Lehmann 1967 passim, esp. 349–59, with Nottmeyer 1995: 13 and nn. 10–14. 24 historical and historiographical contexts Polybius as Indirect Historian James C. Scott’s description of “a politics of disguise and anonymity,” drawn from his study of “hidden transcripts” and forms of resistance to predominant power, encapsulates my approach to Polybius’s collective representations.

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