Find a Commentary: Josephus and Polybius at PACE

PACE (Project on Ancient Cultural Engagement) is an invaluable resource for anyone studying Josephus or Polybius.  PACE is home to reliable texts, translations, commentaries, archaeological reports, images, and scholarship on topics relevant to these two authors.  Using PACE is easy but finding it can be difficult.  Due to a change in the web host, old links to the PACE website no longer work.  Don’t be discouraged if you find a broken link.  The site is kept alive by McMaster University:

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The site is particularly valuable because of the way that it associates commentaries, scholarship, images, etc. with particular passages from the text.  You can select “Places” to see a list of places mentioned in the texts.  The database has information regarding alternate spellings or names for each site plus videos and/or images.  Clicking on the place produces a pop-up window which lists all of the passages in the texts that mention that particular place.

I find the website particularly useful for Polybius because Walbank’s entire commentary on Polybius is online at PACE.  After selecting “Texts and Commentaries,” you can click on Polybius’ Histories.  The text and translation load side by side and by clicking on the sections in the “Walbank’s Commentary” box, the relevant passage from the commentary will load in the commentary frame at the bottom of the screen.

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The number of resources available in the PACE database is impressive, especially for the texts of Josephus.

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In the shots above, I’ve clicked on the Bibliography, Archaeology, and Places Tabs for the first section of Josephus’ Life of Josephus to illustrate that there is much more information on PACE than just texts and translations.  The most exciting part is that PACE is a community driven active project so more content will appear in the future.  Members (serious scholars can apply for membership) can upload additional content such as notes to the texts.  For now, membership activity (applications for new members and member additions) is temporarily suspended but the existing content of the site is still available to view.

Tips to Remember:

  • Amazing resource for studying Polybius and Josephus
  • The site is still active but sometimes old links lead to a dead page
  • The tabs on the bottom pane hold a wealth of information about the texts


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