Polybius, Phylarchus, and Historiographical Criticism

  title={Polybius, Phylarchus, and Historiographical Criticism},
  author={Arthur M. Eckstein},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  pages={314 - 338}
  • A. Eckstein
  • Published 1 October 2013
  • History
  • Classical Philology
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