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The Library of Universal History: Diodorus Siculus and Literary Cosmopolitanism

Yun Lee Too

in The Idea of the Library in the Ancient World

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199577804
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722912 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577804.003.0006
 							The Library of Universal History: Diodorus Siculus and Literary Cosmopolitanism

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Chapter 5 considers another book that calls itself a library, the Library of History of Diodorus Siculus. Here the book has a particular world view, which demonstrates that the library may have a particular function in the world. Diodorus espouses a cosmopolitanism that sees all history and all mankind as inextricably linked, with harmony as the ideal and enmity as a non‐ideal. This is the substance of his narrative. At the centre of this cosmopolitan paradigm is Rome, which accepts everyone into itself and governs other nations peacefully. The Library of History is a work that draws together humanity and its experiences of justice and injustice, kindness and cruelty, as the inhabitants of a single, ‘civic’ community.

Keywords: cosmopolitanism; Diodorus Siculus; the Library of History; Rome; justice; civic community

Chapter.  10575 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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