208 BC - 126 BC


Polybius (; Greek: Πολύβιος, Polýbios; c.  200 – c.  118 BC) was a Greek historian of the Hellenistic period noted for his work The Histories, which covered the period of 264–146 BC in detail. The work describes the rise of the Roman Republic to the status of dominance in the ancient Mediterranean world. It includes his eyewitness account of the Sack of Carthage and Corinth in 146 BC, and the Roman annexation of mainland Greece after the Achaean War. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Polybius has received more than 945,165 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 9th most popular historian.

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  • 10.29

    Effective Languages (L*)

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    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among historians, Polybius ranks 9 out of 292Before him are Thucydides, Tacitus, Livy, Xenophon, Sima Qian, and Josephus. After him are Suetonius, Alexis de Tocqueville, Diodorus Siculus, Thomas Kuhn, Manetho, and Saxo Grammaticus.

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Among people born in 208 BC, Polybius ranks 1After him are Emperor Kaika and Agatharchides. Among people deceased in 126 BC, Polybius ranks 1

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Polybius ranks 36 out of 698Before him are Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Pyrrhus of Epirus (-318), Myron (-500), Cleisthenes (-565), Aristarchus of Samos (-311), and Nurbanu Sultan (1525). After him are Alcibiades (-450), Olympias (-375), Solon (-638), Pindar (-517), Menander (-342), and Xanthippe (-500).

Among HISTORIANS In Greece

Among historians born in Greece, Polybius ranks 3Before him are Thucydides (-460) and Xenophon (-430). After him are Callisthenes (-360), Theopompus (-400), Quintus Curtius Rufus (41), Agatharchides (-208), Philochorus (null), and Robert Kagan (1958).

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