Diodorus Siculus and the world of the late Roman republic by Charles Muntz

By Charles Muntz

In Diodorus Siculus and the realm of the overdue Roman Republic, Charles E. Muntz deals a clean examine the most ignored historians of the traditional global, and recovers Diodorus's originality and value as a witness to a profoundly tumultuous interval in antiquity. Muntz analyzes the 1st 3 books of Diodorus's Bibliotheke historike, the most various and eclectic fabric in his paintings, within which Diodorus finds throughout the background, myths, and customs of the "barbarians" the secrets and techniques of profitable states and rulers, and contributes to the debates surrounding the transition from Republic to Empire. Muntz establishes simply how associated the "barbarians" of the Bibliotheke are to the actors of the crumbling Republic, and demonstrates that in the course of the medium of the traditional Egyptians, Assyrians, Indians, and others Diodorus engages with the foremost matters and highbrow disputes of his time, together with the origins of civilization, the propriety of ruler-cult, some great benefits of monarchy, and the connection among fantasy and background. Diodorus has many similarities with different authors writing on those subject matters, together with Cicero, Lucretius, Varro, Sallust, and Livy yet, as Muntz argues, attractive with such debatable matters, even in a roundabout way, will be specially harmful for a Greek provincial equivalent to Diodorus. certainly, for those purposes he may well by no means have accomplished or absolutely released the Bibliotheke in his lifetime. via his cautious and exact investigations, Muntz demonstrates Diodorus's ancient context at its complete dimension and scope.

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Ephorus, Theopompus, Polybius, Livy). But it has long been evident that for portions of his narrative for which an earlier source is also extant—​for example, Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon—​ Diodorus differs substantially from that source in tone, literary style, content, and even the overall structure of the narrative. 48 This held out the promise that with careful research these original sources might be identified and even reconstructed on the basis of Diodorus’s secondary narrative.

Bosworth examined whether or not ancient historians invent or fabricate additional material to add to an earlier account that they are using as a source.  Palm (1955).  Drews (1960, 1962). 60. Cole (1967) 175. See my Chapters 3 and 5.  Brunt (1980) 494. On the changing understanding of historical fragments and summaries, see also Strasburger (1977), Schepens (1997) 166–​168, and Humphreys (1997) 207–​224.  Lenfant (1999) 103–​121. ” Selection was itself a part of the creative process, as Bosworth reminded us.

Muntz (2012) examines Diodorus’s use of Megasthenes in greater detail than is possible here.  Theiler (1982). Note also Malitz (1983), who extensively uses unattributed passages from Diodorus to reconstruct Posidonius. It is not just Diodorus who suffers this; Goodyear (1965) 19 remarks on the fashion “for finding Posidonius behind everything not explicitly ascribed to someone else,” also noted by Clarke (1999a) 131–​132, and Yarrow (2006) 116–​117.  On this, see Kidd (1988) 284, 293–​295, 308–​315; and Riggsby (2006) 47–​58.

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