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Polybius And Josephus On Rome

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The great Greek historian Polybius set high standards for historical writing. Josephus ripped Greek historians who write about events in which they played no role. Polybius and Josephus held critical posts in their nations at a time when they came into conflict with the might of Rome. Polybius was among those implicated in purported anti-Roman activities during the Third Macedonian War and was summarily removed to Rome where he lived as a semi-hostage for close to twenty years. Josephus served as commander of Jewish forces in Galilee during the great Jewish rebellion, surrendered to the Romans, was released, and, like Polybius, landed in Rome, where he stayed for more than two decades. That the Roman empire was a despotic entity emerges without ambiguity from Josephus work. Allusion to the future fate of Rome appears less dramatically, but most revealingly, in Josephus writings as well.

Keywords: anti-Roman activities; Greek historians; Jewish rebellion; Josephus; Polybius; Rome



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