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Working Methods: Emphasis On Organization And Orderly Discussions

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Diodorus' account of the swelling of the Nile provides an example of his methods in history writing. At the beginning of the discussion, Diodorus remarks that since there is great perplexity regarding the flooding of the river, many of the historians have endeavoured to explain its causes. He then adds that he will deal with their views briefly. In the first chapter he offers an introduction to the main topic, to which he refers at the beginning of the next chapter. In conclusion, he states that with regard to the swelling of the Nile. An author who incorporates statements such as the above three in a discussion of one single topic is obviously concerned with the structure and organization of his work. The structure of the books which survived in their entirety suggests that each of the Bibliotheke's forty books opens with a preface and ends with a brief conclusion.

Keywords: Bibliotheke; Diodorus; historians; history writing; orderly discussion; organization; structure; working methods



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