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Socrates mentioned by Diodorus Siculus 30BCE

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8/30/2015 1:10:14 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Diodorus Siculus in 30 BCE writes the following about Socrates in his Bibliotheca Historica, Book 14, Chapter 6:

At the same time in Athens [edit: in the year Laches was made chancellor], Socrates the philosopher accused by Anytus and Melitus of atheism and corrupting the youth was condemned to die, and afterwards executed by drinking a cup of poison; of which action the people in a short time after repented, therefore they turned all their fury upon his accusers and killed them without waiting for any formalities of law.
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8/30/2015 1:17:28 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
I came across this about Socrates as I was finishing the book.

Diodorus quotes and abridges the reports of earlier historians, beginning with a more thorough discussion of the origin of the Earth and of humankind, then the origins of Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, western Asia, the Mediterranean islands, Greece, and ends with the story of Alexander The Great.

For Greek history, he covers the ground mentioned by Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon and offers corrections to some of their accounts.

He also gives a detailed account of the Amazons -- more than any other ancient author.