By Arnaldo Momigliano
During this vintage learn of cultural war of words Professor Momigliano examines the Greeks' angle towards the modern civilizations of the Romans, Celts, Jews, and Persians. examining cultural and highbrow interplay from the fourth throughout the first centuries B.C., Momigliano argues that during the Hellenistic interval the Greeks, Romans, and Jews loved an specific distinctive dating that assured their lasting dominance of Western civilization.
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It was better to talk politics. But here again an obstacle presented itself which proved to be insuperable for both Polybius and Posidonius, though possibly for different reasons. Polybius never quite grasped the political organization of Italy in his own time. 4). But he does not seem to have tried to give a description of the Roman system of municipia and coloniae, Latin allies and other confederates. Posidonius is less easy to fault, given the scant numbers of fragments. But if Posidonius had paid attention to the structure of Italy before or after the Social War we should know it from Strabo who used his work extensively.
In founding Lampsacus they killed off all the natives, but they did it in self-defence; the daughter of the local king had warned them of the impending attack. The story was told in detail by a descendant of these settlers, the historian Charon, who, being one of the earliest Greek historians, was in a position to set up a model. The other Phocaean settlement in Ligurian territory at Massalia was described in the same spirit. The story of how the foundation of Massalia was no violent encroachment upon alien territory was already reported by Aristotle (fr.
66 (1945), 337-51 = Plato 1 (1958), 322-32). The title of his article, 'Socrates enters Rome', is certainly justified on a wider basis. A century later, Cicero attributed to Scipio Aemilianus and his friends the introduction of Socrates' teaching in Rome. ' Polybius could not have written his history as he did if he had not found in Rome an aristocracy which he could instinctively understand because he shared its attitude to life. The common basis was provided by the large-scale infiltration of Hellenistic thoughts and customs into Rome during the previous century.
Alien Wisdom: The Limits of Hellenization by Arnaldo Momigliano