Circe de clásicos y modernos
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MORENO LEONI, Álvaro M.. A politician is writing the history: Sources, competence and authority in the Histories of Polybius. Circe clás. mod. [online]. 2008, n.12, pp. 143-157. ISSN 1851-1724.
The current article intends to analyze the problem of the construction of competence and authority in the Histories of Polybius. In this way, this Greek historian postulates the necessity for any pragmatic history to use some kinds of sources especially, and we analyse this selection of sources in order to connect this option with the construction of competence and authority by this Greek historian. The autopsía and autopátheia, as historical sources, are defended by a politician with military and political experience who is writing the history.
Palabras clave : Polybius; Greek historiography; Authority; Competence; Personal experience.