Iskander Rehman

polybius

Four reasons to study Polybius — most practical of ancient historians

With something of a tedious regularity, furious debates flare up among political scientists over the value of Thucydides to their theories of international relations. If the Athenian historian is so disproportionately cited and sparred over, it is because his work is often the lone classical text shoehorned into contemporary international relations curricula. This is regrettable, for there are many ancient historians from whom modern-day students could glean much insight and wisdom. Polybius provides one such example.

Why applied history matters

Forget the seduction of grand theories and presentist moral judgments. To learn the lessons of the past, the great foreign policy analysts of our age must rediscover the art of historical discernment.

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