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By Kenneth S. Sacks

Living in Rome over the past years of the Republic, Diodorus of Sicily produced the main expansive heritage of the traditional global that has survived from antiquity--the Bibliotheke. while Diodorus himself has been in most cases visible as a "mere copyist" of prior old traditions, Kenneth Sacks explores the complexity of his paintings to bare a historian with a special viewpoint indicative of his times.

Sacks makes a speciality of 3 parts of Diodorus's heritage writing: equipment of association and magnificence, large historic and philosophical subject matters, and political sentiments. all through, Diodorus brought his personal principles or refashioned these present in his assets. specifically, his unfavorable response to Roman imperial rule is helping to light up the vague culture of competition historiography and to provide an explanation for the form and constitution of the Bibliotheke. seen as a unified paintings reflecting the highbrow and political views of the past due Hellenistic interval, the Bibliotheke becomes a major resource for analyzing first-century ethical, political, and highbrow values.

Originally released in 1990.

The Princeton Legacy Library makes use of the most recent print-on-demand know-how to back make on hand formerly out-of-print books from the prestigious backlist of Princeton college Press. those variants look after the unique texts of those very important books whereas offering them in sturdy paperback and hardcover variants. The target of the Princeton Legacy Library is to enormously bring up entry to the wealthy scholarly history present in the millions of books released by means of Princeton collage Press seeing that its founding in 1905.

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