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Ancient Historians
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Historian - Tacitus
P. Cornelius Tacitus (A.D. 56 - c. 120) may have been the greatest Roman historian. He held the positions of senator, consul, and provincial governor of Asia. He wrote "Annals," "Histories," "Agricola," "Germany," and a dialogue on oratory.

Historian - Thucydides
Thucydides (c. 460-455 - c. 399 B.C.), who wrote the history of the Peloponnesian War, came from a wealthy conservative family, was a friend of Pericles of Athens, an opponent of the radical democracy that sent him into exile.

Historian - Velleius Paterculus
An historian of Rome, Velleius Paterculus lived during the time of Augustus and Tiberius. His prose history is not considered to be in the same class as Tacitus, but he provides valuable accounts of the period in which he lived.

Who Were the Greek Historians?
From your Guide. Major works of Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Diodorus Siculus, and Plutarch.

Historian - Zosimus
Resources on the Greek historian of Rome, Zosimus, whose work is thought to have been written at the beginning of the sixth century.

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