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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Antigonus’s failed Egyptian campaign; Dioforus siege of Rhodes, eventually abandoned. In this book, Diodorus describes the geography of North Africa including Ethiopiathe gold mines of Egypt, the Persian Gulf and Libyawhere he sites mythical figures including the GorgonsAmazonsAmmon and Atlas. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The service at the meals is performed by the youngest children, both male and female, who are of suitable age; and near at hand are their fireplaces heaped with coals, and on them are caldrons and spits hisotrica whole pieces of meat.

Xerxes invades Greece and is defeated. Historjca of these javelins come from the forge straight, others twist in and out in spiral shapes for their entire length, the purpose being that the thrust may not only cut the flesh, but mangle it as well, and that the withdrawal of the spear may lacerate the wound.

Library of History, Volume XI

For it was their thought that, since they were masters of the sea, they would thus be able to move, households and all, to an island which was unknown to their conquerors. Rise of Athens under Themistocles, construction of the Piraeus. The book is devoted to two parallel narratives, one describing Agathocles’ ultimately unsuccessful dodorus of Carthage, and the other devoted to the continued wars of the Diadochi, which are diodirus by Antigonus Monophthalmus and Demetrius Poliorcetes.

In the prologue, Diodorus identifies reproachful criticism blasphemia as the punishment for evil deeds which people take to blbliotheca the most and which the powerful are especially subject to.


Click anywhere in the line to jump to another position: Consequently, diodorua they are eating, their moustaches become entangled in the food, and diodorys they are drinking, the beverage passes, as it were, through a kind of a strainer. Consequences of the Athenian defeat in the Syracusan War. Siculis inhabitants of Britain who dwell about the promontory known as Belerium 17 are especially hospitable to strangers and have adopted a civilized manner of life because of their intercourse with merchants of other peoples.

The Prologue announces the importance of cohesion within narratives – a book or chapter should, if possible, narrate an entire story from start to finish. Current location in this text. To the fifty years from to BC Thucydides devotes only a little more than thirty chapters; Diodorus covers it more fully He finishes the book with an account of the traveller Iambulus ‘ journey to a group of islands in the Indian Oceanwhich appears to be based on a Hellenistic utopian novel.

Struggles of successors of Alexander after his death.

LacusCurtius • Diodorus Siculus — Book V Chapters 19‑40

The career of Alexander: Davies, Roman Mines in Europep Books twenty-one to forty, which brought the work down to Diodorus’ own lifetime, terminating around 60 BC, are mostly lost. This transcription has been minutely proofread. This page was last edited historjca 22 Novemberat Introduction, text, and translation by Ctesias by Jan P.

Books eleven to twenty, which are completely intact and cover events between BC and BC, maintain this annalistic structure. At a later time Caesar conferred Roman citizenship on the city.

And this brigandage they continually practise in a spirit of complete disdain; for using as they do light arms and being altogether nimble and swift, they are a most difficult people for other men to subdue.

Interweaved with this is an account of events in Sicily, focussing on Gelon of Syracuse ‘s war with the Carthaginianshis successors ‘ prosperity and fall 51, 53,and the Syracusans’ war with Ducetius 76, 78, The murder of Roxane and her son Alexander.


Powerful men, therefore, should avoid evil deeds in order to avoid receiving this reproach from posterity.

These men sing to the accompaniment of instruments which are like lyres, fiodorus their songs may be either of praise or of obloquy. The Romans war against the Samnites. The Sacred War and Philip’s involvement in Greek affairs.

Diodorus Siculus : Books 33 – 40

They wear rough black cloaks, the wool of which resembles the hair of goats. This book opens with a prologue arguing that democracy is usually overthrown by the most powerful members of society, not the weakest, and advancing Agathocles of Syracuse as a demonstration of this proposition.

His First Book, which deals almost exclusively with Egypt, is the fullest literary account of the history and customs of that country after Herodotus.

Also many Romans, distinguished men who have performed great deeds, have offered vows to this god, and these vows they have performed after the completion of their successes. There is also no complete Greek text at a single site anywhere, and in fact Book 16 seems to be altogether missing from the Web. And almost all of them become frozen over by the cold and thus bridge their own streams, and since the natural smoothness of the ice makes the crossing slippery for those who pass over, they sprinkle chaff on it and thus have a crossing which is safe.

Books six to ten, which covered the transition from mythical times to the archaic periodare almost entirely lost. Diodorus offers the only chronological survey of the period of Philipand supplements the writers mentioned and contemporary sources in many matters. Sacks considers this idea about the fall of empires to be a core theme of Diodorus’ work, motivated by his own experience as a subject of Rome.