R. C. Blockley (essay date 1981)
SOURCE: Blockley, R. C. “Olympiodorus of Thebes” and “Olympiodorus, Books of History.” In The Fragmentary Classicing Historians of the Later Roman Empire: Eunapius, Olympiodorus, Priscus and Malchus, pp. 27-47; 107-12. Liverpool: Francis Cairns, 1981.
[In the following excerpt, Blockley studies Olympiodorus's Books of History from extant fragments and commentaries, contrasting Olympiodorus's pagan, informal, and analytical history with roughly contemporary works by the late Roman historians Eunapius and Zosimus.]
OLYMPIODORUS OF THEBES
Olympiodorus was born in Egyptian Thebes, probably during the period...
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