Polybius on the Roman Constitution

  title={Polybius on the Roman Constitution},
  author={F. Walbank},
  journal={Classical Quarterly},
  • F. Walbank
  • Published 1943
  • Philosophy
  • Classical Quarterly
For many years it has been recognized that serious contradictions exist in Polybius’ theory of the Roman constitution, as he expounds it in Book VI. The position has been summarized in a review of a recent publication which attempts, not very successfully, to dispose of these inconsistencies. ‘The only point of controversy’, writes De Sanctis, ‘can be whether these contradictory elements were innate in Polybius’ political philosophy and in his judgement on Rome, or whether they repre-sent two… Expand
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