Appendix: Outline of the Work

Book 1
1–5Introduction
1–3.6General introduction: theme, plan; starting in Ol. 140.
3.7–5.5Introduction to first two books (prokataskeue); starting in Ol. 129.
6–12Italy and Sicily and background to the First Punic War
Starts with sack of Rome 387/386 B.C. Roman expansion against Latins, Etruscans, Celts, Samnites. Tarentum and Pyrrhus.
13–64The First Punic War
13–15Summary of introductory books and reasons for detailed coverage of First Punic War; correction of Philinus and Fabius Pictor.
16–20Siege of Agrigentum and consequences of its capture for war as a whole.
21–28Development of Roman fleet and first naval engagements. Roman victory at Ecnomus (26–28).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Editors’ Foreword v
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Maps xi
  • Contents xv
  • Introduction 3
  • 1- Contents and Organization of the Work 17
  • 2- The Historian’s Task 51
  • 3- Art and History- The Narrative of Books 4 and 5 95
  • 4- The Historian as Homeric Hero 129
  • 5- The Political Theorizing of Book 6 169
  • Epilogue- into the Future 203
  • Appendix- Outline of the Work 223
  • Bibliography 241
  • Prominent Persons 247
  • Index 257
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