It is futile to try and determine to which category of authors most ancient authors, emphatically including Diodorus of Sicily, belong. What is possible, is to value the account of ancient authors as regards the amount of information they provide the current audience with, using a distinct form of ‘Quellenkritik’. As such, the value of Diodorus’ Historical Library -a typical example of Hellenistic literature- is tremendous, in spite of its emphasis on aretê, though hugely undervalued.
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