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Title: The Ktisis of Massalia Revisited
Subtitle: What to do woth Contradictory Ancient Sources?
Author(s): MAUERSBERG, Martin
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 14 Date: 2015
The ktisis of Massalia is a model case of an event that is transmitted to us via contradictory ancient sources. This article studies how Classicists struggle to extract the historical course of events and which methodological difficulties they encounter in their task. Additionally, the ancient statements on the early history of Massalia are revisited to reconstruct the way in which ancient knowledge of this issue developed. This examination should lead to a better understanding of the circumstances under which knowledge of the subject evolved and allow inferences concerning its possible connections to historical reality.