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Library of History, Volume I: Books 1-2.34
Diodorus Siculus, Greek historian of Agyrium in Sicily, ca. 80-20 BCE, wrote forty books of world history, called "Library of History, " in three parts: mythical history of peoples, non-Greek and Greek, to the Trojan War; history to Alexander's death (323 BCE); history to 54 BCE. Of this we have complete Books I-V (Egyptians, Assyrians, Ethiopians, Greeks) and Books XI-XX ...more
Hardcover, 498 pages
Published January 1st 1933 by Harvard University Press
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That five-star rating I just gave Diodorus is specific to folks who love ancient history and mythology - those who don't already, or are more interested in the more traditional ancient historians like Herodotus and Thucydides, probably won't give it that high a mark. In my case I simply enjoy the fact that Diodorus seems to like writing about everything, including digressions that might have anything at all to do with what he's writing about. I also set this first volume apart since it deals wit ...more
This is a review of the whole 12 volume series on Diodorus Siculus which I have managed to work my way through in something less than a month as part of my 'read the neglected, source-mined historians' project. There is a fairly substantial section of Diodorus which survives intact, especially the parts covering the 4th century, which is a period which, while conversant, I don't get the chance to read. The added element of Sicilian history covers a region which isn't usually discussed in depth i ...more
Diodorus Siculus (Greek: Διόδωρος Σικελιώτης [Diodoros Sikeliotes]) was a Greek historian, who wrote works of history between 60 and 30 BC. He is known for the monumental universal history Bibliotheca Historica. According to Diodorus' own work, he was born at Agyrium in Sicily (now called Agira). With one exception, antique sources afford no further information about Diodorus' life and doings beyo ...moreMore about Diodorus Siculus...