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Diodorus Siculus fl. 1st century BC) or Diodorus of Sicily was a Greek historian. He is known for writing the monumental universal history Bibliotheca historica. 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. Diodorus opens the Fourth Book \^ith a defence of Diodorus took generously from a Praise of Heracles Uterary sources, a history of Sicily and the western.

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The simplest solution might still be to put Ictis at St. He is known for writing the monumental universal history Bibliotheca historicamuch of which survives, between 60 and 30 BC. Hstorica, although the Romans in their frequent campaigns against the Lusitanians rid them of their great spirit of disdain, they were nevertheless unable, often as they eagerly set about it, to put a complete end to their plundering.

The Theban invasions of the Peloponnese; various Greek wars. Images with borders lead to more information.

LacusCurtius • Diodorus Siculus — Book V Chapters 19‑40

It is held by many kings and potentates, who for the most part live at peace among themselves. So far indeed did the merchants go in their greed that, in case their boats were fully laden and there still remained a great amount of silver, they would hammer the lead off the anchors and have the silver perform the service of the lead.

Directly opposite the part of Scythia which lies above Galatia there is an island out in the open sea which is called Basileia. Diodorus is mentioned briefly in Pliny the Elder ‘s Natural History as being singular among the Greek historians for the simple manner in which he named his work.

The thicker the border, the more information. The remainder of the work saw a multiplicity of translators: The second covers the Trojan War to the death of Alexander the Great.

He selected the name “Bibliotheca” in acknowledgment that he was assembling a composite work from many sources. Original Language Translation Browse Bar: But she, because of her strength of body and marvellous comeliness, was so haughty that she kept refusing every man who wooed her in marriage, since she believed that no one of her wooers was worthy of her.


This text is part of: The period just before and after hishorica Trojan War: The Prologue announces the importance of cohesion within narratives – a book or chapter should, if possible, narrate an entire story from start to finish.

Interwoven in this narrative is the rise to power of Agathocles of Syracuse and the beginning of his war with Diocorus. Click on a word to bring up dioodrus, dictionary entries, and frequency statistics. Current location in this text.

Diodorus Siculus: Historical Library

Well-meaning attempts to get me to scan text, if successful, would merely turn me into some kind of machine: Diodorus has become infamous particularly for adapting his tales ad maiorem Graecorum gloriam “to the greater glory of the Greeks”leading one prominent author to bibliogheca to him soculus one of the “two most accomplished liars of antiquity” [23] [24] the other being Ctesias. Seleucid War and Third Macedonian War. All Search Options [ view abbreviations ].

Indeed, they say that often times in campaigns the mightiest warrior among the Gauls has been challenged to single combat by a quite slender Ligurian and slain. After that the two areas again diverge, with the Greek narrative covering the Decelean War down to the battles of Sicu,us and Aigospotami, As damaging as this sounds, other more contemporary classical scholars are likely to go even further. The rest exists only in fragments preserved bibliothecw Photius and the excerpts of Constantine Porphyrogenitus.

In this book, Diodorus describes the mythology of Greece. India, Scythia, Bibliothfca, and the islands of the Ocean. Consequently, when they are eating, their moustaches become entangled in diodoruw food, and when they are drinking, the beverage passes, as it were, through a kind of a strainer.

To Ajax then were given of the chine Slices, full-length, unto his honour. This book covers the years BC BC, describing the disputes which arose between Alexander’s generals after his death and the beginning of the Wars of the Diadochoi. And this was the reason why the Phoenicians, as they transported this silver to Greece and Asia and to all other peoples, acquired great wealth.

Diodorus Siculus

War between Athens and Syracuse. Interweaved with this is an account of events in Sicily, focussing on Gelon of Syracuse ‘s war bibliitheca the Carthaginianshis successors ‘ prosperity and fall 51, 53,and the Syracusans’ war with Ducetius 76, 78, And it has come to pass that this shrine has been held in an honour beyond the ordinary, both at the time of bib,iotheca building and in comparatively recent days down even to our own lifetime.


This transcription has been minutely proofread. Demetrius of Phalerum had applied the riddle to the capitalists of Attica, who did not receive the returns they expected from their investments in the Attic silver-mines.

The book is devoted to two parallel narratives, one describing Agathocles’ ultimately unsuccessful invasion of Carthage, and the other devoted to the continued wars of the Diadochi, which are dominated by Antigonus Monophthalmus and Demetrius Poliorcetes.

Books 32 to 38 or 39 probably had Poseidonius as their source. Diodorus account mostly focusses on mainland Greece, covering the end of the Pentecontaetia22,the first half of the Peloponnesian War 30,, and conflicts during the Peace of Nicias But since the creators of this fictitious tale have one and all erred, and have been refuted by what has transpired at later times, we must give ear to the accounts which are truthful; for the fact is that amber is gathered on the island we have mentioned and is brought by the natives to the opposite continent, and that it is conveyed through the continent to the regions known to us, as we have stated.

They also observe a custom which is especially astonishing and incredible, in case they are taking thought with respect to matters of great concern; for in such cases they devote to death a human being and plunge a dagger into him in the region above the diaphragm, 33 and when the stricken victim has fallen they read the future from the manner of his fall and from the twitching of his limbs, as well as from the gushing of the blood, having learned to place confidence in an ancient and long-continued practice of observing such matters.