Scepticism About Community: Polybius on Peloponnesian Exiles, Good Faith (Pistis) and the Achaian League
This article examines the ethical foundations of Polybius' political thought, taking as a case study Polybius' ideological representations of groups of Peloponnesian exiles. It argues that relevant passages belong to a wider Greek tradition of paradigmatic representations of exile groups. When considered alongside that tradition and the rest of Polybius' work, these passages show Polybius to be self-consciously sceptical of traditional Greek community-oriented ethical and political notions. They show him to be offering an alternative, less idealistic 'limited' conception of good political organisation, which gives special weight to punctilious respect for law, contracts, procedures, fair play and strict reciprocity.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: July 1, 2013
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