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Headword: *polu/bios
Adler number: pi,1941
Translated headword: Polybios, Polybius
Vetting Status: high
Son of Lykos;[1] from Megalopolis in Arkadia. A teacher of Scipio Africanus, at the same time as Panaitios the philosopher.[2] He lived in the era of Ptolemy surnamed Euergetes.[3] This man wrote the long Roman History in 40 books. He/it began from the flight of Kleomenes of Sparta [sc. to Egypt] and the succession, to the Macedonian throne, of Philip the son of Perseus,[4] attaching in order the events of Roman history.
NB:[5] Poseidonios of Olbiopolis, a sophist, took up the History of Polybios. Also Strabo of Amaseia wrote Events after Polybius, in 43 books.
Greek Original:
*polu/bios, *lu/kou ui(o/s, a)po\ *mega/lhs po/lews th=s *)arkadi/as, kaqhghsa/menos *skhpi/wnos tou= *)afrikanou=, o(/te kai\ *panai/tios o( filo/sofos: gegonw\s kata\ *ptolemai=on to\n e)piklhqe/nta *eu)erge/thn. ou(=tos e)/graye th\n makra\n i(stori/an *(rwmai+kh\n e)n bibli/ois m#. a)/rxetai de\ a)po\ th=s fugh=s *kleome/nous tou= *spartia/tou kai\ th=s *fili/ppou tou= *perse/ws ui(ou= diadoxh=s tw=n *makedo/nwn, ta\ e(ch=s e)pisuna/ptwn *(rwmai/wn. i)ste/on, o(/ti diade/xetai th\n *polubi/ou i(stori/an *poseidw/nios *)olbiopoli/ths, sofisth/s. e)/graye de\ kai\ *stra/bwn *)amaseu\s ta\ meta\ *polu/bion, e)n bibli/ois mg#.
c.200-118. See generally OCD4 Polybius(1). With the present entry cf. Stephanus of Byzantium, s.v. Megale polis.
[1] Lykortas, rather: see Polybius 22.3.6, and copiously elsewhere.
[2] See already pi 184. (This is Scipio Africanus the Younger = Scipio Aemilianus.)
[3] Too early, even if we construe "he was born" rather than "he lived".
[4] Philip V (who was the father, not the son, of Perseus).
[5] This additional material, Adler reports, is added in the margin of ms A.
[6] cf. pi 2108, and generally OCD4 Posidonius(1).
[7] cf. sigma 1155.
Keywords: biography; chronology; geography; historiography; history; philosophy; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 June 2001@06:08:17.
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Catharine Roth on 26 May 2002@22:29:54.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords) on 16 September 2010@08:05:58.
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David Whitehead on 8 October 2013@07:31:05.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1) on 10 April 2014@09:04:21.
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