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Title: Mito e storia nella χρονικὴ σύνταχις di Zenone di Rodi
Subtitle: Osservazioni su Strabone XIV 2.5-12
Author(s): PRIMO, Andrea
Journal: Ancient Society
Volume: 40    Date: 2010   
Pages: 239-263
DOI: 10.2143/AS.40.0.2056258

Abstract :
This contribution analyses Strabo’s debt to the Rhodian historian Zeno: from Zeno he drew the material to celebrate Rhodes’ political institutions and its policy towards Roman power and the Hellenistic monarchies (XIV 2.5); from this historian he drew also a great amount of information about the role of Rhodes in Greek mythology and in archaic times (XIV 2.6-12). According to the author the comparison between Strabo and other sources on Zeno’s historical work (Polybius, Diodorus and the so-called Lindian Chronicle) allows us to improve our general knowledge on this historian. We can insert Zeno in the context of Rhodian local historiography between the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC, a kind of historiography overstepping the limits of local history and dealing with general events of the Hellenistic period.

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