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Semiramis' Legacy: The History of Persia According to Diodorus of Sicily

Jan Stronk


In Semiramis’ Legacy, the history of Persia (in its widest sense) is followed as it has been described by the Greek author Diodorus of Sicily (first century bc) as a part of his Historical Library. Diodorus starts his description with the legendary Queen Semiramis, an Assyrian queen who was said to also have ruled ancient Persia and ends it with the situation in his own days. This makes it the fullest description of ancient Persian history we have from antiquity, subsequently focusing on the vicissitudes of Assyrians (from their legendary rulers Ninus and Semiramis onward) and their direct suc ... More

Keywords: Diodorus of Sicily, Historiography, Persia, Assyrians, Medes, Chaldeans, Achaemenids, Alexander the Great, Seleucids, Semiramis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474414258
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414258.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Stronk, author
University of Amsterdam