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Semiramis' LegacyThe History of Persia According to Diodorus of Sicily$
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Jan Stronk

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474414258

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414258.001.0001

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(p.543) Conclusion
Semiramis' Legacy

Jan P. Stronk

Edinburgh University Press

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.

Keywords:   Diodorus of Sicily, Quellenkritik, Historical Library, Aretê, Hellenism

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