Polybius among the Romans: Life in the Cyclops' Cave

Andrew Erskine*

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This chapter treats Polybius' sixteen-year detention in Rome following the Third Macedonian War and asks what it meant to be a detainee in Rome. Consequently, although the chapter focuses on Polybius, it also examines the situation of those deported with him, whether from Achaea or elsewhere in Greece. It explores the conditions in which he and others were detained, their attitude to detention, the kind of terminology that Polybius uses to describe himself and his fellow detainees, their status compared to those in Rome as hostages, their place of residence, and the degree to which they had freedom of movement. It concludes by reviewing the evidence for Polybius' eventual release.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImperialism, Cultural Politics, and Polybius
EditorsChristopher Smith, Liv Mariah Yarrow
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191738791
ISBN (Print)9780199600755
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2012

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Achaea
  • detention
  • hostage
  • Polybius
  • Rome
  • Third macedonian war


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