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Imperialism, Cultural Politics, and Polybius$
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Christopher Smith and Liv Mariah Yarrow

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199600755

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600755.001.0001

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Polybius and Herodotus

Polybius and Herodotus

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(p.33) 2 Polybius and Herodotus
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Imperialism, Cultural Politics, and Polybius
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Brian McGing

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600755.003.0003

This chapter addresses the question of possible Herodotean influence on Polybius' Histories. The standard modern position holds that Polybius did not know, and owed nothing to Herodotus. This position is challenged. It is suggested that some Herodotean elements have filtered their way into Polybius. Particularly in geographical matters, Polybius seems to inhabit the same thought-world as Herodotus. Polybius' description of the Euphrates (9.43) seems to engage directly with Herodotus' account of the Nile and challenge Herodotean views on the Euphrates. Certain other Herodotean scenes and sentiments have silently infiltrated Polybius' account.

Keywords:   Polybius, Herodotus, Euphrates, Nile, Greek geography

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