Diodorus Siculus, Books 11-12.37.1: Greek History, 480-431 by Peter Green, Peter Green

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1; cf. Casevitz 1972, xi n. 1; Rubincam 1987, 326 –327. 23 Cic. Ad Att. 15; cf. Scramuzza 1937, 342. 2 –3, where he speaks of tª §n Ñ R≈m˙ xorhg¤& t«n prÚw tØn Ípokeim°nhn ÍpÒyesin énhkÒntvn, and explains that it is taÊthw t∞w pÒlevw ÍperoxÆ, Rome’s supremacy, which •toimotãtaw ka‹ ple¤staw ≤m«n éformåw par°sxeto parepidhmÆsasin §n aÈtª ple¤v xrÒnon. 1). 25 Further, in his discussion of the various foreign rulers of Egypt, Diodorus stresses, as we have seen, that the “last of all” (§sxãtouw) were the Macedonians.

77 Dion. Hal. Ep. ad Pomp. 6 (p. 394 Usher): §jetãzein ka‹ tåw éfane›w afit¤aw t«n prãjevn ka‹ t«n prajãntvn aÈtåw ka‹ tå pãyh t∞w cux∞w, ë mØ =ñdia to›w pollo›w efid°nai, ka‹ pãnta §kkalÊptein tå mustÆria t∞w te dokoÊshw éret∞w ka‹ t∞w égnooum°nhw kak¤aw. Flower (1994, 169) claims that Dionysios calls this trait original to Theopompos, which if true would be very important; but in fact what he says is that no historian either 01-T3515-INT 11/2/05 12:25 PM Page 17 introduction 17 in line with most Greek ethical thinking (noted above in Ephoros) and was to prove immensely popular.

76 It is not so much that his evidence (derived in part from Aristophanes) is—as much modern history has taught us—per se implausible, as used to be thought, but rather that it leaves so much else out. Dover’s point (1988, 45 –52) that Ephoros and others not brought up in classical Athens failed to understand the nature of Old Comedy, and thus took Aristophanes’ political satire over-literally, assumes a quite stunning degree of social and literary naïveté in these unfortunate non-Athenian outsiders.

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