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Ancient Historians in Context: The Curious Case of Diodorus

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Scholars of the ancient world must deal with a wide range of sources, including not only classic historians like Herodotus or Thucydides but also numerous minor historians who may be highly derivative of other, now-lost, authors. One such writer is Diodorus of Sicily, long studied almost exclusively for understanding his sources. But Diodorus was writing during the time of Julius Caesar and the Roman Civil Wars, and this paper will demonstrate how important it is to understand Diodorus and similar authors in their own historical context and how this context has decisively shaped Diodorus’s view of history regardless of his sources.

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