A Study of Cassius Dio by Fergus Millar

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It is difficult to see what, if anything, is proved by the retailing of the same fact by two ancient historians. It certainly does not prove that the later read the earlier one ; nor does the fact that a later historian gives a different version of an event prove that he had not read his predecessor. 2 Passing references to Livy,3 Sallust,4 and Arrian5 (none of them quoted as sources of information) show that, as one would expect, these writers were familiar figures to him. 8 Hopeless uncertainties prevail in the field of source-criticism.

5 If, as seems clear, Dio did not accompany Caracalla any further on his Eastern expedition, there must be an error in Boissevain's reading at 78. 3. ). Similarly when Dio later says that Caracalla used to kill interpreters between himself and the Scyths and Celts 'so that nothing should leak out to us' and that 'we' later learnt of his dealings with them from the barbarians themselves—78. 6. 2-3 (409)—'we' must be the Senate, not the Emperor's comités on the expedition. 6 78. 37- 5 (446). 78. 16.

2 (476). 8 49. 36. See Appendix I I I . 9 C. Aufidius Marcellus {Albo no. 70), who perhaps came from Pisidia, was eos. II ord. in 226. Others were ordinarii—Clodius Pompeianus (Albo no. 1531 = 1256), L. Ti. Claudius Aurelius Quintianus (Albo no. 1001)—both connexions of the famous Ti. Claudius Pompeianus eos. II ord. 173; L. Annius Maximus, 207 (Albo no. 31 = ? 773), perhaps from Lydia; Cn. Claudius Severus, 235 (Albo no. 1002), probably son of Ti. Claudius Severus Proculusw«. ord. 200 (Albo no.

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