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He lays particular stress on the Roman politeia at the beginning of Book III, where he gives an outline of the plan of his work. According to this plan, Polybios brings his historical narrative down to the climactic a hundred and fortieth Olympiad (220–216 bce), in the course of which time Rome suffered the worst military defeat in its history at the hands of Hannibal. At this juncture, he states, “I shall pause in my narrative to speak about the Roman politeia, and how its strange character greatly helped the Romans not only in conquering the Italians, Sicilians, Spaniards, and Gauls, yet additionally and finally, after they defeated Carthage, in conceiving the concept of common dominion” (3. 2. 6–7). Rome's politeia, then, is the the most important issue in this imperial improvement. After recounting the debacle at Cannae, Polybios reiterates his intention to offer an account of the Roman politeia, not only because this account will be crucial to one of the major reasons of his history—to clarify Rome's upward push to global power—but additionally simply because it's going to be of nice use to statesmen in forming and reforming their personal political constitutions (3. 118. 11–12). The implicit assumption right here is that profitable politeiai will desire to be able militarily in relation to different states. Polybios' well-known dialogue of the morally didactic benefits for noble youths of viewing the Roman aristocratic funeral—which serves to inspire longings for martial achievement and glory—forms part of his analysis of the Roman politeia (6. fifty three. 1–54. 4). Finally, the shut hyperlink among political constitutions and army performance in the international sphere is built into the analysis of the Roman state in Book VI: this book contains a lengthy and detailed account of the Roman military system and the Roman military encampment (6. 19–42). In order to comprehend Polybios' insistence on the linkage among political and social institutions and a state's military capacity, it is necessary to reflect on the actual conditions of the world he inhabited. Interstate relations in this world were harsh; there were no effective international peacekeeping agencies; attempts at arbitration were usually ineffectual; war and violence were constantly on the diplomatic horizon; and physical annihilation at the hands of stronger powers was an ever-present concern. Polybios, like Thucydides before him, reflects those harsh realities in his grim outlook on the overseas community; and the bleak perspective of these two ancient historians has made them important sources for the so-called Realist international-relations theorists, who see the default condition of interstate relations as one of person states' struggles for defense and survival inside a weather of foreign anarchy. four In Polybios' mental universe, the fierce and brutal realities of interstate relations stem from his rules on human nature in its primordial country.

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