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Adrienne Klasa Student # 260212271 HIST 205 Oct. 27 th , 2006 Ancient Mediterranean History: Conference Essay #4 Polybius’ Analysis of Roman Success According to the Greek historian Polybius’ analysis, the overarching impetus for Roman imperial success was principally a function of the structure of their constitution. He believed that Roman governmental structure and principles were the institutions “by virtue…[of which] almost the whole world fell under the rule of one power” (Polyb., 6.2). The character of a state, he went on to say, could be assessed by its’ ability to endure change and misfortune with dignity, in which capacity he believed the Roman state has performed admirably despite facing many trials (6.2). Power relations between the various components of the Roman administration, whose form was perfected during the era of the Hannibalic War (6.11), were key to understanding Rome’s ascendance as a political force. The constitution was governed by three principal groups, each with separate specific functions: the consuls, who
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