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Hieronymus (1), of Cardia, historian and statesman

Albert Brian Bosworth

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics


Published online March 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780199381135 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199381135.013.3093

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Hieronymus (1) of *Cardia, historian and statesman, was in the entourage of his fellow Cardian (and relative?) *Eumenes (3), acting as his emissary at the siege of Nora (319/8bce) and passing to the court of *Antigonus (1) the One-eyed (Monophthalmus) after Eumenes' death at Gabiene (316). He served with Antigonus in Syria (312/1 ) and at *Ipsus (301), and under *Demetrius (4) Poliorcetes governed Thebes (1) after its revolt in 293. He ended his days with *Antigonus (2) Gonatas. His great history spanned the period from *Alexander (3) the Great's death (323) to at least the death of *Pyrrhus (272). It was *Diodorus (3) Siculus' authority for Greek affairs in bks. 18–20, and was used extensively by *Plutarch, *Arrian, and Justin. The extant fragments only hint at its dimensions and content. The main evidence is Diodorus' digest of his work, which in bks. 18–20 abruptly rises to a quality not found elsewhere in the Bibliothēkē.

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Subjects: Ancient Greek History

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