Olympiodorus of Thebes Criticism - Essay

R. C. Blockley (essay date 1981)

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

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 was born in Egyptian Thebes, probably during the period...

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Alan Cameron (essay date summer 1984)

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

SOURCE: Cameron, Alan. “Probus' Praetorian Games: Olympiodorus Fr. 44.” Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies 25, no. 2 (summer 1984): 193-96.

[In the following excerpt, Cameron explicates “Fragment 44” of Olympiodorus's Books of History, a piece that concerns the expenditures of wealthy Roman patricians.]

Many of the Roman households received an income of four thousand pounds of gold per year from their properties, not including grain, wine and other produce which, if sold, would have amounted to one-third of the income in gold. The income of the households at Rome of the second class was one thousand or fifteen hundred pounds of gold....

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Christopher Chaffin (essay date 1993)

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

SOURCE: Chaffin, Christopher. “Olympiodorus of Thebes.” In Olympiodorus of Thebes and the Sack of Rome: A Study of the “Historikoi Logoi,” with Translated Fragments, Commentary and Additional Material, pp. xxx-lxiv. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1993.

[In the following excerpted introduction to his translation and reconstruction of the fragmentary Books of History by Olympiodorus, Chaffin considers the state of the text as partially preserved by later commentators, recounts the facts of Olympiodorus's life, and explores the literary style and method of historical judgment presented in this work.]



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