Diodorus Siculus

90 BC - 30 BC

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Diodorus Siculus (; Koinē Greek: Διόδωρος Σικελιώτης Diodoros Sikeliotes) (fl. 1st century BC) or Diodorus of Sicily was an ancient Greek historian. He is known for writing the monumental universal history Bibliotheca historica, in forty books, fifteen of which survive intact, between 60 and 30 BC. The history broke new ground in not being Hellenocentric, partly because of Stoic influences on his belief in the brotherhood of all men.The history is arranged in three parts. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Diodorus Siculus has received more than 605,649 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Diodorus Siculus is the 12th most popular historian, the 237th most popular biography from Italy (down from 217th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Italian Historian.

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Among historians, Diodorus Siculus ranks 12 out of 341. Before him are Livy, Xenophon, Josephus, Polybius, Suetonius, and Alexis de Tocqueville. After him are Thomas Kuhn, Procopius, Saxo Grammaticus, Mircea Eliade, Cassius Dio, and Manetho.

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Among people born in 90 BC, Diodorus Siculus ranks 2Before him is Zechariah. After him are Publius Clodius Pulcher, Gnaeus Pompeius Trogus, Anna the Prophetess, Phraates IV, Aulus Hirtius, Gaius Scribonius Curio, Pompeia, Gaius Antonius Hybrida, Trebonius, and Ariobarzanes II of Cappadocia. Among people deceased in 30 BC, Diodorus Siculus ranks 4Before him are Cleopatra, Mark Antony, and Caesarion. After him are Hyrcanus II, Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, and Marcus Antonius Antyllus.

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Among people born in Italy, Diodorus Siculus ranks 237 out of 4,088. Before him are Pope Clement X (1590), Bonaventure (1221), Tommaso Campanella (1568), Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710), Sergio Mattarella (1941), and Pope Alexander I (100). After him are Valentinian III (419), Pope Innocent IX (1519), Farinelli (1705), Pope Gregory VIII (1100), Pope John VIII (820), and Pope Celestine III (1106).


Among historians born in Italy, Diodorus Siculus ranks 3Before him are Livy (-59) and Suetonius (70). After him are Leonardo Bruni (1370), Poggio Bracciolini (1380), Marcus Velleius Paterculus (-19), Euhemerus (-330), Francesco Guicciardini (1483), Carlo Ginzburg (1939), Tyrannius Rufinus (345), Timaeus (-350), and Andrea Alciato (1492).