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 (pə-lĭb′ē-əs) 200?-118? bc.
Greek historian. Only five books of his 40-volume history of Rome are extant.


(Biography) ?205–?123 bc, Greek historian. Under the patronage of Scipio the Younger, he wrote in 40 books a history of Rome from 264 bc to 146 bc


(pəˈlɪb i əs)

c205–c123 B.C., Greek historian.
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Martial put me much in mind of Archilochus - and Titus Livius was positively Polybius and none other.
Then, Mr Wegg, in a dry unflinching way, entered on his task; going straight across country at everything that came before him; taking all the hard words, biographical and geographical; getting rather shaken by Hadrian, Trajan, and the Antonines; stumbling at Polybius (pronounced Polly Beeious, and supposed by Mr Boffin to be a Roman virgin, and by Mrs Boffin to be responsible for that necessity of dropping it); heavily unseated by Titus Antoninus Pius; up again and galloping smoothly with Augustus; finally, getting over the ground well with Commodus: who, under the appellation of Commodious, was held by Mr Boffin to have been quite unworthy of his English origin, and 'not to have acted up to his name' in his government of the Roman people.
Polybius was among a thousand Greek leaders accused of opposing Rome's campaign against Macedonia in 168 BCE.
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What was clear to Polybius was that Rome was destined to rule the world.
40: 5-2 Polybius, 7 Fyrecracker, 15-2 Autumns Blush.
David Lanigan''s Polybius looked a promising type when winning at Windsor on just his second start and he can follow up in the unibet.
Of his many translations of classical Chinese philosophy, history, and religion--including the Records of the Grand Historian of China (1961), Complete Works of Chuang Tzu (1968), The Tso Chuan: Selections from China's Oldest Narrative History (1989), and The Lotus Sutra (1993)--he says his "aim was to make the most famous and influential passages of these texts available in easily readable form so that they could be read by English readers as one reads Herodotus, Thucydides, Polybius, or Livy.
In a revision of his 2010 doctoral dissertation at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Miltsios applies the text-centered narratological approach that is now widely used with other ancient writers to Greek historian Polybius (200-118 BC).
Their thinking was, and the political traditions they established remain, firmly rooted in classical political philosophy, especially the works of Aristotle, Polybius, and Machiavelli (Rahe, 1992).
A rare example of a Greek who took an interest in this, Polybius in the second century BCE, opined, "[G]ood men should not make war on wrongdoers with the object of destroying and exterminating them, but with that of correcting and reforming their errors"--or, to use a slightly different translation, "undoing their erroneous acts.