List of Ancient Greek and Roman Historians

This article provides a list of Ancient Greek and Roman historians. These names are fundamental in the construction of the conventional model of history. This list will also serve as the basic collection of links for articles that are written about each person. Ancient history in this list ends around 500 AD.

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Greek Historians

6th century BC

Hecataeus of Miletus (c.550 BC–c.476 BC)

5th century BC

Hellanicus of Lesbos (5th c. BC)

Xanthus (5th c. BC)

Herodotus (c.480-c.429 BC)

Thucydides (c.460-c.395 BC)

Ctesias of Cnidus (second half of 5th c. BC)

Philistus of Syracuse (c.432-356 BC)

Xenophon (c.430-c.354 BC)

Antiochus of Syracuse (fl.420BC)

Ephorus (c.405-330 B.C.)

4th century BC

Cratippus (4th c. BC)

Anaximenes (4th c. BC)

Clitarchus (4th c. BC)

Chares of Mytilene (4th c. BC)

Theopompus (c. 380 – ? BC)

Callisthenes (360-327 BC)

Dinon (c. 360–340 BC)

Timaeus of Tauronmenius (356-260 BC)

Heracleides of Cyme (fl.350 BC)

3rd century BC

Diyllus the Athenian (3rd c. BC)

Psaon of Plataea (3rd c. BC)

Duris of Samos (3rd c. BC)

Phylarchus (3rd c. BC)

Eratosthenes (276-194 BC). Technically not an historian, but a chronographer.

Polybius (c.200 – c.118 BC)

2nd century BC

Poseidonius of Apamea (135-51 BC)

1st century BC

Timagenes of Alexandria (1st c. BC)

Diodorus Siculus (d. after 21 BC)

Nicolaus of Damascus (1st c. BC)

Dionysius of Halicarnassus (60-7 BC)

Strabo (64 BC – 24 AD)

2nd century AD

Pausanias (c.110-c.180)

Roman Historians

3rd century BC

Naevius (3rd c. BC)

Cato the Elder (234-149 B.C.)

Fabius Pictor (fl. c. 225 B.C.)

Cincius Alimentus (fl. 200 B.C.)

2nd century BC

Ennius (2nd cent.)

Gellius (2nd century B.C.)

Acilius (fl. 150 B.C.)

Cassius Hemina (fl. 150)

Postumius Albinus (fl. 150 B.C.)

Calpurnius Piso Frugi (fl. 133)

Fannius (fl. 133)

Sempronius Tudinatus (fl. 133 B.C.)

Coelius Antipater (fl. 120’s B.C.)

Varro (116 – 27 B.C.)

Pomponius Atticus (109 – 32 B.C.)

M. Aemius Scaurus (fl. 100 B.C.)

Paulus Clodius (fl. 100 B.C.)

P. Rutilius Fufus (fl. 100 B.C.)

Julius Caesar (100 – 44 B.C.)

1st century BC

Sallust (86 – 35 B.C.)

L. Cornelius Sulla (fl. 80 B.C.)

Asinius Pollio (76 – 5 B.C.)

Claudius Quadrigarius (fl. 70s B.C.)

Valerius Antias (fl. 70s B.C.)

Licinius Macer (fl. 70s B.C.)

Sisenna (fl. 70s B.C.)

Lucullus (fl. 70s B.C.)

Livy (64/59 B.C. – A.D. 17)

Aelius Tubero (fl. 60s B.C.)

Voltacilius (fl. 60s B.C.)

Seneca the Elder (c. 55 B.C. – A.D. 39)

Geminus (fl. 50s B.C.?)

Hirtius (fl. 50 B.C.)

Hortensius (d. 50 B.C.)

Tiro (fl. 40 B.C.)

Agrippa (fl. 31 B.C.)

Dellius (f. 30s B.C.)

Augustus (fl. 27 B.C.)

Pompeius Trogus (fl. 20s B.C.?)

1st century AD

Clodius Licinius (fl. 2 A.D.)

Finestella (d. 20 A.D.)

Velleius Paterculus (fl. 20s A.D.)

Claudius (d. 54 AD)

Tacitus (c. 55 – 117 A.D.)

Affidius Bassus (fl. 60s A.D.)

Cluvius Rufus (fl. 60s A.D.)

Suetonius (c. 69 – after 122 A.D.)

Florus (c. 70 – c. 140 AD)

Pliny the Elder (d. 79 A.D.)

Appian of Alexandria (c. 95 – c.165)

Curtius Rufus (1st cent. A.D.?)

2nd century AD

Granius Licinianus (fl. 120 A.D.?)

Dio Cassius (c. 150 -235 A.D.)

3rd century AD

Censorinus (3rd c. AD). De Die Natali.

Justin (fl. 3rd c. AD)

Herodian (3rd cent.)

4th century AD

Paulus Orosius (375-418)

Ammianus Marcellinus (4th Cent.)

Aurelius Victor (4th cent.?)

Eutropius (4th cent.)

Iulius Obsequens (4th cent.?)

Cornelius Nepos

Domitius Corbulo

Sempronius Asellio

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References:

[1] – http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/historians/historianslist.html

[2] – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Ancient_Greek_historians

[3] – http://attalus.org/info/overview.html. Accessed 5 August 2020.

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