By Diodorus Siculus,Peter Green
Sicilian historian Diodorus Siculus (ca. 100-30 BCE) is our in basic terms surviving resource for a continuing narrative of Greek historical past from Xerxes' invasion to the Wars of the Successors following the loss of life of Alexander the nice. but this crucial historian has been constantly denigrated as a trifling copyist who slavishly reproduced the works of past historians with no realizing what he used to be writing. against this, during this iconoclastic paintings Peter eco-friendly builds a powerful case for Diodorus' benefits as a historian. via a clean English translation of a key component to his multi-volume historical past (the so-called Bibliotheke, or "Library") and a observation and notes that refute prior exams of Diodorus, eco-friendly bargains a fairer, higher balanced estimate of this much-maligned historian.
The section of Diodorus' background translated right here covers the interval 480-431 BCE, from the Persian invasion of Greece to the outbreak of the Peloponnesian battle. This half-century, often called the Pentekontaetia, used to be the Golden Age of Periclean Athens, a time of remarkable fulfillment in drama, structure, philosophy, historiography, and the visible arts. Green's accompanying notes and remark revisit longstanding debates approximately old inconsistencies in Diodorus' paintings and provide thought-provoking new interpretations and conclusions. In his masterful introductory essay, eco-friendly demolishes the normal view of Diodorus and argues for a radical severe reappraisal of this synthesizing historian, who tried not anything under a "universal historical past" that starts off with the gods of mythology and maintains right down to the eve of Julius Caesar's Gallic campaigns.
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Diodorus Siculus, Books 11-12.37.1: Greek History, 480-431 BC—the Alternative Version by Diodorus Siculus,Peter Green