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Description: Classical Art and the Cultures of Greece and Rome
When the Greek historian Polybius set out, in the middle of the second century BC, to satisfy such healthy curiosity he was writing for a Greek public that must have been amazed to see the citizens of a small town half-way up the coast of Italy conquering first the western and then the eastern Mediterranean. The Greeks had always thought that if they were good at anything it was at building successful cities...
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Related print edition pages: pp.162-216

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