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The Author's Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity$
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Anna Marmodoro and Jonathan Hill

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670567

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670567.001.0001

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‘I, Polybius’: self-conscious didacticism? 1

‘I, Polybius’: self-conscious didacticism? 1

(p.175) 6 ‘I, Polybius’: self-conscious didacticism?1
The Author's Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity

Georgina Longley

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that Polybius self-consciously defines and draws attention to his role as historian and didactic authority more than any other ancient historian. Through careful employment of the authorial ‘I’, Polybius takes on an unusually prominent role as narrative guide, navigating the reader through his chosen genre of universal with its many parts and wide scope.

Keywords:   Polybius, Histories, didacticism

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