Diodorus’ Mythistory and the Pagan Mission: Historiography by Iris Sulimani PDF


By Iris Sulimani

ISBN-10: 9004194061

ISBN-13: 9789004194069

The normal Diodoran scholarship has been challenged within the final many years by means of a revisionist strategy, which concentrates on Diodorus Siculus contribution instead of on his misplaced assets. construction on that strategy, this ebook specializes in the Bibliotheke's first pentad, which has often been missed as an issue of analysis, and explores the author's depictions of trips made by way of gods and culture-heroes. a radical research of his historiographical equipment and his illustration of legendary figures demonstrates that the mythological narrative isn't just an important a part of his common heritage, but additionally a massive complement to our wisdom of Hellenistic civilization, in particular its mentality and historic geography.

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In addition, they enacted laws and set up governments in some countries and, for the most part, advanced a cultural change among the peoples in whose lands they had arrived. ). This means that he was “making them receptive to the new culture in general and eroding their own cultural values”. The ambiguity of the term “mission” is also underlined by those who tackle the Christian mission. According to Goodman, “anyone sent to do anything may be said to have a mission of some sort”. He mentions four types of mission: a) an informative mission, aimed at imparting to peoples a general message without intending to change their behaviour; b) an educational mission, designed to make the recipients more moral or contented; c) an apologetic mission, intended to protect the cult and beliefs of the missionary without expecting the addressees to devote themselves to these; d) a proselytizing mission, planned to persuade people to change their lifestyle and to be recruited into the missionary’s group.

And n. . Cf. ,  (who refers to the clay but does not mention Prometheus). , cf. ). 38 All of this is true with regard to Prometheus—who, punished by Zeus for stealing fire from the gods and giving it to mankind, had his liver eaten by an eagle—but also with regards to Diodorus’ gods and heroes. The latter, in fact, were responsible for civilizing mankind in all aspects: like Prometheus, they taught men practical arts and presented them with religious practices, but they also encouraged justice among them, introduced laws and courts, set in order the political affairs of various peoples, and founded cities.

And compare to Sacks , pp. – who argues that Diodorus’ references to Caesar’s veneration indicate that he wrote the book in which they appear after Caesar had been deified. In Sacks’ opinion, Diodorus had 39  chapter one write after  bce, then one should equally maintain that the author’s statement according to which the Macedonians ruled Egypt for two hundred and seventy-six years suggests that he had concluded the Bibliotheke before  bce and this is highly unacceptable. Thirdly, there is no need to believe that in saying that he worked on his history for thirty years Diodorus meant precisely thirty years.

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