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Ancient Historians
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Ancient writers about history, including Tacitus, Thucydides, Herodotus, Plutarch, Livy, and Julius and Augustus Caesar.

Historian - Augustus
In his "res gestae," Augustus recorded in marble what he wished to be remembered of his reign. The copy that survives is in Turkey in what was a temple to Augustus.

Historian - Cassius Dio
Cassius Dio (Dio Cassius) was an historian of Rome possibly related to Dio Chrysostom. Cassius Dio wrote in Greek.

Historian - Eunapius
Resources on the Byzantine historian Eunapius -- or Eunapios -- of Sardis.

Historian - Herodotus
Herodotus was called the father of history. Herodotus was a Greek historian.

Historian - Jordanes - Gothic
Jordanes, himself a Goth, abridged a lost history of the Goths by Cassiodorus.

Historian - Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar kept detailed records of his military campaigns and wars in his Civil and Gallic Wars. In the Gallic War you'll find the famous phrase "all Gaul is divided into three parts."

Historian - Livy
Titus Livius (Livy) was born c. 59 B.C. and died in A.D. 17 at Patavium, in northern Italy. In about 29 B.C., while living in Rome, he started his magnum opus, Ab Urbe Condita, a history of Rome from its foundation, written in 142 books.

Historian - Plutarch (Biographer)
Resources on Plutarch of Chaironeia (Chaeronea), who achieved prominence during the reigns of Nerva, Hadrian, and Trajan his biographies of famous Greeks, and Romans, and bibliography. He lived c. A.D. 45 - 125.

Historian - Polybius
Greek historian (200-118 B.C.) who wrote a history of the world and provided information on the Punic Wars from a non-Roman perspective.

Historian - Sallust
C. Sallustius Crispus or Sallust (c. 86-55 B.C.) wrote monographs about the Jugurthine War and the Catilinarian Conspiracy.

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