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583 = 171), and of the third with Livy, xlii. 67. 3 (part of the same Polybian narrative), shows that book xxvii contained Ol. 152, 1 = 172/1 (see above, pp. 13–14). Athen. x. 440 attributes to book xxix statements about Genthius which Livy, xliv. 30. C. 586 = 168. This gives the following arrangement: Ol. 152, 1 = 172/1 Ol. 152, 2 = 171/0 Ol. 152, 3 = 170/69 Ol. 152, 4 = 169/8 Book xxvii Book xxix This leaves uncertain whether xxvii contained Ol. 152, 1 and Ol. 152, 2 and xxviii Ol. 152, 3, or whether xxvii contained only Ol.
V. πρωτόπειρος, as being the equivalent of Livy, xliv. 44. 3 (cf. Diod. xxx. 22); Dindorf and Büttner-Wobst regard it as non-Polybian. 's style and its provenance should be left open. If it is Polybian, it comes between 17. 2 and 19. 1 (17. 2 being placed after 18: see above). 19. 1–11 (de legat. ) corresponds to Livy, xlv. 3. 3–8, and though it records the reception of Rhodian envoys at Rome it stands correctly where it has been placed, as part of the res Graeciae et Macedoniae (cf. Walbank, Yale Stud.
Accordingly it seems best to leave 22. 1–12 where it is generally placed, at the end of res Italiae of Ol. 153, 2 = 167/6, but to recognize that once it has been separated from Anicius' triumph (and if it is linked with that it will stand before 18. 1–19. 12, since Prusias' reception followed Anicius' triumph: Livy xlv. 43. 1–8, 44. 4–21), we cannot know in what context or indeed in which year P. introduced it. Since 23. 1–4, on Crete and Rhodes, stands at a point in de legat. gent. between 21.