Historian from Megalopolis, who was sent to Rome as a hostage after the Roman conquest of Macedonia in 168 BC. There, he became the tutor of the general Lucius Aemilius Paulus's two sons, the younger later to be known as Scipio Africanus the Younger. The two became friends, and when the hostages were free to return to Greece, Polybius joined Scipio in his African campaign.

When Carthage was sacked in 146 BC, ending the Punic Wars, he was present. He mainly wrote about the rising Rome.

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