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date: 09 December 2022

Callias(5)locked

, of Syracuse, Greek historian at court of Agathocles (1)

Callias(5)locked

, of Syracuse, Greek historian at court of Agathocles (1)
  • Godfrey Louis Barber
  •  and Simon Hornblower

Extract

Callias (5), of *Syracuse, lived at the court of *Agathocles (1), tyrant of Syracuse (316–289 bce), and wrote a history of his reign in 22 books. It so favoured Agathocles that Callias was suspected of accepting bribes; so Diod. Sic. (21. 17. 4), who however probably knew Callias only through the medium of Agathocles’ enemy *Timaeus (2). Callias’ history had little influence on the tradition (which remained unfavourable to Agathocles), although, apart from the account written by Agathocles’ brother Antandrus, it was the first important work on this subject. The fragments do not provide sufficient material to determine the contents of the work in detail.

Subjects

  • Greek History and Historiography
  • Greek Literature

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