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By Kenneth S. Sacks

ISBN-10: 0691036004

ISBN-13: 9780691036007

Living in Rome over the past years of the Republic, Diodorus of Sicily produced the main expansive heritage of the traditional international that has survived from antiquity--the Bibliotheke. while Diodorus himself has been usually noticeable as a "mere copyist" of past old traditions, Kenneth Sacks explores the complexity of his paintings to bare a historian with a different standpoint indicative of his times.

Sacks makes a speciality of 3 parts of Diodorus's heritage writing: tools of association and elegance, huge ancient and philosophical topics, and political sentiments. all through, Diodorus brought his personal principles or refashioned these present in his assets. particularly, his unfavorable response to Roman imperial rule is helping to light up the vague culture of competition historiography and to provide an explanation for the form and constitution of the Bibliotheke. considered as a unified paintings reflecting the highbrow and political opinions of the past due Hellenistic interval, the Bibliotheke becomes a tremendous resource for reading first-century ethical, political, and highbrow values.

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1 , x m 2 1 . 1—4 is attributed t o T i m a e u s : Meister, " D i e sizihsche Geschichte," 66, 95. 2, 12. 1. 6-7, w h e r e D i o d o r u s is following Aga- tharchides, b u t absent in P h o t i u s ' s abbreviated parallel text (Codex 250, 82, 456b). , the index t o F. 6 and 4 2 . 1 . 40 H I S T O R I C A L CAUSALITY similar positions. A short while later, when contrary to all ex­ pectations the Macedonian Silver Shields pledge their loyalty to Eumenes and his luck begins to change, Diodorus is led to say that such is the purpose of history: to explain the changes in τύχη (xviii 59).

39—40 (the advantages of a ruling state acting πραότερον); and Antidosis 121—22 (Athens w o n its e m p i r e t h r o u g h φιλία and lost it by inspiring μίσος). See also On the Peace 140, and cf. J. de Romilly, JHS 78 (1958), 95 and 97. Isocrates never e m p l o y s επιεικώς and βιαίως or (contra J. de Romilly, The Rise and Fall of States According to Greek Authors, 66) applies επιείκεια t o the subject of e m p i r e maintenance. 2-4, a c o m p l e x a r g u m e n t , t h e t e r m s m i g h t be s y n o n y m o u s .

H u n t , The Oxyrhynchus 8 P. Oxy. xiii 1610 = FGH Papyrus x m , 1610). 70 F 191. Generally accepted as E p h o r a n : m o s t recently by C . R u b i n c a m , Phoenix 30 (1976), 357-66. T h e d o u b t s of T. Africa, AJP 83 (1962), 86—89, are excessive, but w o r t h n o t i n g . 9 T h e r e is n o n - E p h o r a n material in the earlier b o o k s (Schwartz, RE 5, 6 7 8 - 79, 690-91, D r e w s , AJP 83 [1962], 392, n. ; Barber, The Historian Ephorus, 4—5). '° In its standard formulation by Volquardsen, Untersuchungen iiber die Quellen dergriechischen una sicilischen Geschichten, and Schwartz, RE 5, 679.

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