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zanipolo
30-07-11, 02:55
I would just like to know peoples opinion on the accuracy and clarity of ancient writers. basically who do you believe

My opinion

Best
Strabo - accurate and detailed
Herodotus - as above
Livy - as above

Middle
Polybius
Ptolemy - suffered from discriptive accuracy
Tacitus - lacked accuracy
Homer - suffered from too many bard stories

Worst
jordanes - copied Cassiodorus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassiodorus) works and turn non-fiction into fiction
Pliny the Elder -

Of the others I have limited experience