A Secret Country by John Pilger

By John Pilger

Expatriate journalist and film-maker John Pilger writes approximately his fatherland with life-long affection and a passionately serious eye. during this totally up to date version of A mystery nation, he will pay tribute to a bit recognized Australia and tells a narrative of excessive political drama.

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21 POLYBIUS. Beer. 2. - least of the principal nations adjoining the Westem Ocean, which he promises to give in detail elsewhere. ' He appears to have con­ sidered this as the most northern part of the continent of Europe. This circumstance would alone show how com plete was his ignorance of the adjoining regions. The most remote people of the interior of whom we find mention are the Arverni : ' but there is little doubt that his knowledge in this direction was really more extensive.

Polybius ' Polyb. iii. 59. VOL. II. c 18 msTORY O F ANOIElft' GEOGBAPHY. u. XVII. o. 3 No historian of antiquity was more fully alive to the im­ portance of geography, as an aid to history, than Polybius. This is not only apparent from the geographical remarks inter­ spersed through his whole work, but, like his predece&BOr Ephorus, he had set apart one whole book for a systematic treatise on geography, in which he had fully developed his views upon that subject. Unfortunately this book-the thirty­ fourth of his voluminous work-is one of those lost to us : the fragments preserved to us by Strabo and others being very inconsiderable.

526 : and the excellent article on his life in Dr. Smith's IXet. of Bi�. vol. iii. pp. �S--ff8. ' Polyb. iii. 89. rat time : but it it mentioned inci­ dentally as the well-known limit or the Carthaginian dominions to the east (iii. 39, L �). The legend connected with it is 1lnt related by Sall uat (B. Jug. 79). • Id. iii . 89. POLYBIUS. or. 2. 19 eea, or Atlantic Ocean, but of the regions bordering on that Ocean (with the exception of part of Spain)' he seems to have had very imperfect information.

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