Polybius (c. 203? - 120 BC) was a Greek historian and influential politician of the Achaean League prior to Roman influence. Against local Greek and Macedonian interests in the Macedonian Wars, Polybius was deported and went to Rome.
While in Rome he became a patron of such people as Aemilius Paullus and the Scipio family where he developed a great appreciation for Roman culture and power. In this arrangement, Polybius began his great work of history covering the Mediterranean world between the years 220 and 146 BC. Of the 40 book epic, only 5 have survived intact, but large fragments of others are still available.
Polybius was a meticulous researcher and his work shows a great deal of unbiased accuracy. Of particular importance is his treatment on the Punic Wars.