Polybius (2031 words)


Life and Career

Polybius (Polybios) was born c. 200 BC in Megalopolis (Arcadia, at that time a member of the Achaean League). His approximate date of birth may be deduced from his term as the Achaean League’s hipparch (cavalry commander, a role probably first available to men in their thirties) in 170/69 BC. His father was Lycortas, a follower of Philopoemen, the leading Achaean statesman of the epoch, and himself several times strategos (general) of the Achaean League. Polybius received an education appropriate to a boy of high society as well as to a future statesman (he claimed to be an expert in strategy and tactics, philosophy, hunting, cavalry and horse-riding).

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Citation: Rzepka, Jacek. "Polybius". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 January 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13941, accessed 27 November 2021.]

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