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  Polybius - LoveToKnow 1911   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Polybius therefore declared for an open alliance with Rome, and his views were adopted.
Polybius was arrested with 1000 of the principal Achaeans, but, while his companions were condemned to a tedious incarceration in the country towns of Italy, he obtained permission to reside in Rome.
Polybius is equally explicit as regards the personal qualifications necessary for a good historian, and in this respect too his practice is in close agreement with his theory.
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 Polybius
Polybius (c.203-122 BCE) was born in Megalopolis, Arcadia, a Greek city that was an active member of the Achaean League, of which his father, Lycortas, was at one time leader.
Polybius was thus able to move in the highest circles in Rome and to witness major Roman military campaigns in the Mediterranean region.
Polybius remarked acidly of other historians that to believe things that were beyond the limits of possibility showed a childish simplicity or the mark of limited intelligence.
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 “A Well-Trimmed Ship”:
Polybius’ influence may have helped to convince the Romans to incorporation Macedonia into their Imperium as a province, but to leave the rest of Greece with self-government as Roman "allies." Statues were erected to honor Polybius in many parts of Greece to mark his work of intercession and reconstruction.
Polybius noted that "the public must be submissive to the Senate."[6.17] The procedures of the Comitia, which Polybius did not discuss, made clear the nature of this submissiveness: the Comitia voted under rules which weighted their votes in a specific manner.
Polybius believed that the whole purpose of government was to allow a people to preserve its traditions of life against both foreign and domestic enemies: a people who could do this had eleutherios, whatever the substance of the tradition might be.
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 Polybius
In the next year (168) both Lycortas and Polybius were on the point of starting at the head of 1200 Achaeans to take service in Egypt against the Syrians, when an intimation from the Roman commander that armed interference was undesirable put a stop to the expedition.
Polybius started to join him, but broke off his journey at Corcyra on learning that the Carthaginians were inclined to yield.
Polybius is careful constantly to remind us that he writes for those who are lovers of knowledge, with whom truth is the first consideration.
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 Polybius - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Polybius is one of the first historians to attempt to present history as a sequence of causes and effects, based upon a careful examination of tradition and conducted with keen criticism.
Polybius is considered by some to be the successor of Thucydides in terms of objectivity and critical reasoning, and the forefather of scholarly, painstaking historical research in the modern scientific sense.
Polybius' political beliefs have had a continuous appeal to republican thinkers, from Cicero, to Charles de Montesquieu, to the Founding Fathers of the United States [1].
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 Polybius: Who was Polybius, and why should we give a hoot
Polybius was born into a rich and influential family in Megalopolis, in the Greek state of Arcadia, in 200 BC.
It is fairly certain the Polybius went with the general on his campaigns in Spain and North Africa against the Carthaginians, and he surely was present at the destruction of Carthage by Scipio Africanus in 146 BC.
Polybius later wrote what is still considered to be the definitive history of the Punic wars.
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 The Macabre Cycle of the Human Herd by Tim Case
Polybius proselytizes that mankind has in the past, and will again in the future, be brought to the edge of extinction.
Polybius further observes that a monarchy is only a fleeting state in man’s spiral from survival to degradation.
Polybius sees the destruction of the oligarchy not brought on by a conspiracy, as in the case of the heirs of a king.
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 Polybius
Polybius (203 BC-120 BC) was a Greek historian of the Mediterranean world, especially the rise of the Roman Republic.
In a classic story of human behavior, Polybius captures it all: Nationalism, Racism, duplicitous politics, horrible battles, brutality, etc.; along with, loyalty, valor, bravery, intelligence, reason and resourcefulness.
Polybius was responsible for a useful tool in cryptography which allowed letters to be easily signalled using a numerical system.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/po/Polybius.html   (188 words)

  
 Polybius - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
He obtained the protection of Aemilius Paullus and of the Scipio family, and under their patronage he undertook several voyages, notably one to Achaea, where he sought to win favor for the Roman government.
It was also under the Scipios' patronage that Polybius undertook his universal history, one of the great historical works of all time (see tr.
Not content with setting forth the facts, Polybius stopped his narrative to insert general discussions on the purpose of history writing (which he considered, like Thucydides, a guide to political conduct), on the principles of the Roman state, and on other broad subjects.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-polybius.html   (346 words)

  
 Polybius - History for Kids!
Polybius (po-LIB-ee-us) was a rich Greek man, who was born in the Greek city of Athens, about 200 BC.
Polybius volunteered to be one of these hostages, and so he ended up spending the rest of his life living in Rome.
Polybius wrote in Greek, because he was Greek, and also because he wanted to help Greek people understand who these Romans were that had conquered them.
www.historyforkids.org /learn/romans/literature/polybius.htm   (298 words)

  
 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2004.11.27
Polybius and his subject matter stand at the critical intersection of Roman and Hellenistic history, when a relatively recent player on the world stage -- the city of Rome -- emerged, seemingly out of nowhere, and became inextricably involved in the affairs of the venerable Greek East.
Furthermore, C. interprets Polybius' highlighting of the spectacular incompetence and failure of various Greek statesmen as a transparent narrative strategy designed to please Polybius' Roman warders, most of whom were at least ambivalent in their reactions to the rising tide of Hellenism in precisely the period of Polybius' detention.
Thus Polybius' harshest overt criticism of the Romans -- his repeated condemnation of Rome's "unjust" seizure of Sardinia (and Corsica) from Carthage in 237 B.C. (3.28.1-2; cf.
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 Chapter One of Polybius and the Founding Fathers [Free Republic]
Polybius is not alone in his praise of mixed government.
Polybius was a contemporay and friend of Scipio Aemilianus and witnessed the destruction of Carthage during the Third Punic War.
Polybius however was a great believer in history as a teacher and he would have been very proud if he could have known that his work would later influnce the writers of the U.S. Constitution; a future great and virtuous Republic not unlike the Roman Republic of the Second Punic War.
www.freerepublic.com /forum/a3a53befd0721.htm   (6630 words)

  
 Polybius: Histories, selected excerpts
Polybius was taken aback by the opening words of the young man's speech (for he was only just eighteen), and said, In heaven's name, Scipio, don't say such things or take into your head such an idea.
While Polybius was still speaking, the young man seized his right hand with both of his, and pressing it warmly, said, Oh that I might see the day on which you would devote your first attention to me, and join your life with mine.
Polybius was partly delighted at the sight of the young man's enthusiasm and affection, and partly embarrassed by the thought of the high position of his family and the wealth of its members.
www.constitution.org /rom/polybi.htm   (19952 words)

  
 Polybius First Punic War
Polybius accounts for his tendency toward presenting extensive background information as an attempt to demonstrate the true causes of the history that is his primary interest.
Polybius says the blame is not so much on the weather as on the generals who disregarded advice that it would be a dangerous time to sail.
His next task, says Polybius, is to explain the workings of the Roman government.
www.lakesideschool.org /studentweb/jim.gaul/PolybiusFirstPunicWar.htm   (4804 words)

  
 Ancient History Sourcebook: Polybius: The Destruction of Corinth, 146 BCE
His arguments were that "This man had indeed been frequently at variance with the Romans on the matter of their injunctions, but he only maintained his opposition so far as to inform and persuade them on the points in dispute; and even that he did not do without serious cause.
Acting on this pretext, Polybius begged of the Consul the statues of Achaeus, Aratus, and Philopoemen, though they had already been transported to Acarnania from the Peloponnese: in gratitude for which action people set up a marble statue of Polybius himself.
They also charged Polybius, as they were departing, to visit all the cities and to decide all questions that might arise, until such plain time as they were grown accustomed to their constitution and laws.
www.fordham.edu /halsall/ancient/polybius-corinth146.html   (4195 words)

  
 Polybius. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
It was also under the Scipios’; patronage that Polybius undertook his universal history, one of the great historical works of all time (see tr.
It was Polybius’ chief aim to trace for his contemporaries the causes of the sudden rise of Rome; his history covered the Mediterranean world from before 220
B.C. A historian of the school of Thucydides, Polybius spared no efforts in his research for detail, accuracy, and unbiased truth, but as a great admirer of Rome, he could not, however, avoid a measure of partiality.
www.bartleby.com /65/po/Polybius.html   (330 words)

  
 Polybius (game) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The game, Polybius, proved to be incredibly popular, to the point of addiction, and lines formed around the machines, quickly followed by clusters of visits from men in fl.
The supposed creator of Polybius is Ed Rottberg, and the company named in the urban legend is Sinneslöschen (German for sense-delete), often named as either a secret government organization or a codename for Atari.
Most recently, a Polybius machine was spotted as a gag in the September 24, 2006 episode of The Simpsons.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Polybius_(game)   (656 words)

  
 Ancient History Sourcebook: Polybius : Rome at the End of the Punic Wars [History, Book 6]
The best authority for this period of her history is Polybius.
Polybius had the good fortune, during seventeen years exile, to be allowed to live with the Scipios.
Polybius is the most reliable, but not the most brilliant, of ancient historians.
www.fordham.edu /halsall/ancient/polybius6.html   (10059 words)

  
 Polybius - GotNext Forums
Polybius is one of the industry's best little urban legends, way more interesting then Tomb Raider nude codes, IMO.
Another theory is that Polybius was an early prototype for Tempest, or a clone thereof.
Random Side Note: Polybius, the person, was a Greek historian famous for his book "The Histories or The Rise of the Roman Empire", covering in detail the period of 220 BC to 146 BC.
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 Polybius of Megalopolis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Polybius of Megalopolis (c.200-c.118): Greek historian, author of an important World History that describes the rise of Rome.
Polybius of Megalopolis was born at the moment when the Romans had defeated Carthage and started to focus on Greece.
Polybius' family played a role in the resistance, and after 168, he was brought as a political prisoner to Italy, where he lived for eighteen years.
www.livius.org /pn-po/polybius/polybius.htm   (242 words)

  
 Polybius square - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (via CobWeb/3.1 planet03.csc.ncsu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In cryptography, the Polybius square, also known as the Polybius checkerboard, is a device invented by the Ancient Greek historian and scholar Polybius, described in Hist.
Polybius did not originally conceive of his device as a cipher so much as an aid to telegraphy; he suggested the symbols could be signalled by holding up pairs of sets of torches.
As such it is a useful component in several ciphers such as the ADFGVX cipher, the Nihilist cipher and the bifid cipher.
en.wikipedia.org.cob-web.org:8888 /wiki/Polybius_square   (462 words)

  
 Polybius (via CobWeb/3.1 planet03.csc.ncsu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
''For the video game of urban legend, see Polybius (Game) Polybius (''ca'' 203 BC - 120 BC) was a Greek historian of the Mediterranean world famous for his book called The Histories or The Rise of the Roman Empire which covers 220 BC to 146 BC.
Polybius was a member of the governing class, with firsthand opportunities to gain deep insight into military and political affairs.
In Rome, by virtue of his high culture, he was admitted to the most distinguished houses, in particular to that of Aemilius Paulus, the conqueror in the Macedonian War, who intrusted him with the education of his sons, Fabius and the Younger Scipio.
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 The Mystery of Polybius   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Polybius, if you believe this website, was a video game developed by the CIA (or some other shadowy government organization) back in the early days of video games, 1981.
Polybius is a stupid hoax made up by equally stupid people.
Polybius was looming over my placenta, when James Bond smashed into the arcade in his Aston-Martin DB5, and enlisted the help of Roger Rabbit.
www.museumofhoaxes.com /hoax/weblog/comments/996   (1913 words)

  
 Polybius - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Careful distribution of authority helped the Roman Republic (509-27 bc) maintain a relatively stable balance of power for nearly five centuries....
Thematic Essay: Roman Political and Social Thought : The Roman Republic : Polybius
Polybius, a Greek historian who lived in Rome during the 2nd century bc, wrote a 40-volume work, the Universal History, which traced Rome’s...
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 Harvard University Press: Histories, III, Books 5-8 by Polybius
It describes the rise of Rome to the destruction of Carthage and the domination of Greece by Rome.
It is a great work, accurate, thoughtful, largely impartial, based on research, full of insight into customs, institutions, geography, causes of events and character of people; it is a vital achievement of first rate importance, despite the incomplete state in which all but the first five of the forty books have reached us.
Polybius' overall theme is how and why the Romans spread their power as they did.
www.hup.harvard.edu /catalog/L138.html   (297 words)

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