E – The Sack of Corinth, Strabo 8.6.23

μεγαλόφρων γὰρ ὢν μᾶλλον ἢ φιλότεχνος ὁ Μόμμιος, ὥς φασι, μετεδίδου ῥᾳδίως τοῖς δεηθεῖσι. Λεύκολλος δὲ κατασκευάσας τὸ τῆς Εὐτυχίας ἱερὸν καὶ στοάν τινα χρῆσιν ᾐτήσατο ὧν εἶχεν ἀνδριάντων ὁ Μόμμιος, ὡς κοσμήσων τὸ ἱερὸν ἀναδείξεως, εἶτ᾽ ἀποδώσων: οὐκ ἀπέδωκε δέ, ἀλλ᾽ ἀνέθηκε κελεύσας αἴρειν εἰ βούλεται: πράως δ᾽ ἤνεγκεν ἐκεῖνος οὐ φροντίσας οὐδέν, ὥστ᾽ ηὐδοκίμει τοῦ ἀναθέντος μᾶλλον.

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In telling of the Sack of Corinth, in passage C Strabo appears to be offering reasons for the Greek defeat that take a Roman point of view while in passage D he mentions that Polybius expresses a tone of pity and in passage E he describes Mummius’ attitude toward priceless works of art.  Who is Strabo’s audience and what is Strabo’s rhetorical strategy for including these three stories about the sack of Corinth?

Top Ten Words. Choose the ten most important words for interpreting Strabo’s account (Passages C-E) of the sack of Corinth. Be prepared to justify your decision.

Monuments Men. In Greek, trace what happens to the various works of art plundered by Mummius’  army from battlefield to Rome.