By Simon Goldhill
Those in particular commissioned essays open up a desirable and novel point of view on a vital period of Western tradition. within the moment century CE the Roman empire ruled the Mediterranean, yet Greek tradition maintained its large status. whilst, Christianity and Judaism have been vying for fans opposed to the lures of such an elite cultural lifestyles. This publication seems at how writers in Greek from all parts of Empire society answered to their political place, to highbrow authority, to non secular and social pressures.
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Extra resources for Being Greek under Rome: Cultural Identity, the Second Sophistic and the Development of Empire
It is o n the face of it unlikely that his views o n R o m e remained constant during the whole of this time': W a l b a n k (1985) 280 (dry but droll). 46 John Henderson approaching an unequivocal verdict either way? 39 Paradox as it may seem, perhaps it wasn't the same Polybius: So it is that the natures of human beings not only have a multiform property in their bodies ('monoeides'), but even more so in their souls, so that the same man has natural ability for some and not for others not just in different investments of work, but also as concerns some investments that are similar in type ('homoeides'), the same man is both most intelligent and slowest, or likewise most daredevil and most cowardly.
Somehow he contrived to complete his marathon assignment without providing anything 36 37 38 'Polybius o n the aim of pragmatic history-writing': Meissner (1986). Universal historiography: Alonso-Nunez (1990), with W a l b a n k ' s c o m m e n t (ibid. ): '(Polybius') own concept of the genre is so limiting as to m a k e it almost impossible for anyone else to write universal history It was only n o w that the whole oiKounevri h a d become one. Polybius' claim was to have perceived this, experienced it a n d written a b o u t it, leaving n o place for anyone else.
Polybius writes the History of Rome from the perspective of a virtual hostage of the conquering Roman authorities, a history commissioned by a leading Roman family, written (and then rewritten) from a now subject Greek territory. As Henderson explores, Polybius writes the history of how the Greek world changes for ever, and his history changes the repertoire of Greek cultural strategies for ever. The glory that was Greece', after Polybius, becomes an account of a projection from a subject state.
Being Greek under Rome: Cultural Identity, the Second Sophistic and the Development of Empire by Simon Goldhill