Diodorus Siculus, books 11-12.37.1 : Greek history 480-431 B.C.-- the alternative version

translated, with introduction and commentary, by Peter Green

Sicilian historian Diodorus Siculus (ca. 100-30 BCE) is our only surviving source for a continuous narrative of Greek history from Xerxes' invasion to the Wars of the Successors following the death of Alexander the Great. Yet this important historian has been consistently denigrated as a mere copyist who slavishly reproduced the works of earlier historians without understanding what he was writing. By contrast, in this iconoclastic work Peter Green builds a convincing case for Diodorus' merits as a historian. Through a fresh English translation of a key portion of his multi-volume history (the so-called Bibliotheke, or 'Library') and a commentary and notes that refute earlier assessments of Diodorus, Green offers a fairer, better balanced estimate of this much-maligned historian.The portion of Diodorus' history translated here covers the period 480-431 BCE, from the Persian invasion of Greece to the outbreak of the Peloponnesian War. This half-century, known as the Pentekontaetia, was the Golden Age of Periclean Athens, a time of unprecedented achievement in drama, architecture, philosophy, historiography, and the visual arts. Green's accompanying notes and commentary revisit longstanding debates about historical inconsistencies in Diodorus' work and offer thought-provoking new interpretations and conclusions. In his masterful introductory essay, Green demolishes the traditional view of Diodorus and argues for a thorough critical reappraisal of this synthesizing historian, who attempted nothing less than a 'universal history' that begins with the gods of mythology and continues down to the eve of Julius Caesar's Gallic campaigns.

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  • Introduction: Diodorus Siculus: Life and Background
  • The Bibliotheke I: Composition, Antecedents, Influences
  • The Bibliotheke II: Aims, Achievements, Criticism
  • The Persian Wars and the Pentekontaetia
  • Translation and Commentary, Diodorus Siculus Bibliotheke Book 11: 480-451 B.C.E.
  • Translation and Commentary, Diodorus Siculus Bibliotheke Book 12.1.1-12.37.1: 450-431 B.C.E.

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書名 Diodorus Siculus, books 11-12.37.1 : Greek history 480-431 B.C.-- the alternative version
著作者等 Diodorus, Siculus
Green, Peter
出版元 University of Texas Press
刊行年月 2006
ページ数 xxii, 312 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0292712774
NCID BA80765035
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言語 英語
原文言語 古典ギリシア語(1453年まで)
出版国 アメリカ合衆国