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By Arnaldo Momigliano

During this vintage research of cultural disagreement Professor Momigliano examines the Greeks' perspective towards the modern civilizations of the Romans, Celts, Jews, and Persians. reading cultural and highbrow interplay from the fourth during the first centuries B.C., Momigliano argues that during the Hellenistic interval the Greeks, Romans, and Jews loved an unique particular courting that assured their lasting dominance of Western civilization.

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3) which are conspicuous in later biographical tradition, it remains true that Polybius is vague enough about the trial of Scipio Africanus to lead a historian like De Sanctis (St. dei Romani iv, 1, p. 594) to the false conclusion that Africanus was never tried at all (Polyb. ). C. (Liv. 3). True enough, we have only fragments of his history; but it cannot be by chance that while the Greek side of his tale is full of internal conflicts, the story of Italy is miraculously free of them. Nor is the argument from silence the only one.

A hundred thousand soldiers seems to have been the maximum any Hellenistic state was able to gather together for a decisive battle. C. C. The Roman superiority lay in the capacity for replacement - that is, in the capacity for surviving defeat in one or more battles, as the war against Pyrrhus and the second Punic War amply proved. 6), but which no ancient writer analysed, not even Polybius. A description of the precise relations between Rome and her Italian allies (not to speak of the relations between the city of Rome and the periphery of Roman territory proper) would not have been inconceivable in a Hellenistic historian.

Greek literature and philosophy are not mentioned. The presentation of Pompey as a philhellene, as far as we know, was a whim of his agent and panegyrist Theophanes of Mitylene, not of Posidonius. The reluctance of Polybius and Posidonius to examine the forms of the Hellenization of Rome was a symptom of their uneasy position in their own civilization. The Hellenism that was arriving in Rome included many of those features which men of their aristocratic disposition found distasteful at home. As the Gracchan movement showed, there were still Greek thinkers who encouraged social reform: Blossius of Cumae was one of them.

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