By Simon Goldhill

Those in particular commissioned essays open up a desirable and novel viewpoint on an important period of Western tradition. within the moment century CE the Roman empire ruled the Mediterranean, yet Greek tradition maintained its large status. while, Christianity and Judaism have been vying for fans opposed to the lures of such an elite cultural lifestyles. This publication seems to be at how writers in Greek from all components of Empire society spoke back to their political place, to highbrow authority, to non secular and social pressures.

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The rabbi in the bath-house becomes a sign and symptom of the clashing topographies of culture. Even more than Josephus, these rabbinical writings engage in Greekness from the outside, but cannot keep their cultural ideals clear of it. They give a crucial dimension to our understanding of the power of Greek in this period. Each of these three chapters, then, looks at a central institution of Greco-Roman culture - citizenship, athletics, bathing/leisure and investigates how performance within such institutions is a central element of the formulation of a cultural identity - and of recognizing and contesting such identities.

44 John Henderson to revise and rewrite this whole lifework,34 even if its precious wholeness did urgently need saving from all the cracks that kept opening up in the edifice. It is obvious, besides, that even if Polybius did choose to pontificate {more suo) on the subject of the mortal limits to revisability, the excerpts we have for especially the later decades of his work would be very likely to deny us their preservation: editorial flourishes, in which 'early' Polybius specializes, where his text is intact (books I-V), are not their stock-in-trade.

200a). 22 = Appian, Punica 132). Yes, the Histories milked the limelight for all Polybius was worth ... Scipio, then, was to write the Roman line underneath Carthage. And the turn of events would oblige Polybius to reopen the Histories, for their completion at this final realization of Roman hegemony. 27 In this supplementary tailpiece, he would write his Greek Histories with the authority of an insider in the know, an honoured long-term participant-observer in the Roman think-tank. If Polybius did not know what Rome was up to now, no one could; what he didn't understand wasn't worth the attempt.

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