Dionysius (5), of Miletus, ethnographer and historian

Klaus Meister

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

Published online March 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780199381135 | DOI:

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Ethnographer, historian, and, according to the Suidas (FGrH 687 T 2), contemporary of *Hecataeus (1), author of Troica in three books, Description of the Inhabited World, History of Persia (Persica) in Ionic Greek (see Greek language), The Events after Darius in five books, Historical Cycle in seven books.

With the possible exception of the Persica and The Events after Darius, which may be genuine, the historicity of his works has been contested: Jacoby accepts them as historical, von Fritz is probably justified in not doing so, since there are no allusions in Herodotus nor any important quotations in the rest of the tradition. Under no circumstances may one take Dionysius to be an important source for Herodotus (cf. M. Moggi) or even call him the ‘father of history’.

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Subjects: Classical Literature

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