Synopses & Reviews
Diodorus Siculus, Greek historian of Agyrium in Sicily, ca. 8020 BCE, wrote forty books of world history, called Library of History,
in three parts: mythical history of peoples, non-Greek and Greek, to the Trojan War; history to Alexander's death (323 BCE); history to 54 BCE. Of this we have complete Books IV (Egyptians, Assyrians, Ethiopians, Greeks) and Books XIXX (Greek history 480302 BCE); and fragments of the rest. He was an uncritical compiler, but used good sources and reproduced them faithfully. He is valuable for details unrecorded elsewhere, and as evidence for works now lost, especially writings of Ephorus, Apollodorus, Agatharchides, Philistus, and Timaeus.
The Loeb Classical Library edition of Diodorus Siculus is in twelve volumes.
Diodorus devotes Book 17 to the career of Alexander the Great. A foldout map tracks the route of Alexander's conquests.
Diodorus' Library of History, written in the first century BCE, is the most extensively preserved history by an ancient Greek author. The work is in three parts: mythical history to the Trojan War; history to Alexander's death (323 BCE); history to 54 BCE. Books 1-5 and 11-20 survive complete, the rest in fragments.
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The Library Of History