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This front matter section of the book titled Diodorus’ Mythistory and the Pagan Mission contains the table of contents, the preface, a list of abbreviations and the maps on the journeys of Gods and culture-heroes and the journey of Heracles in the Western Mediterranean Basin. In analyzing Diodorus’ historiographical methods and his representation of gods and culture-heroes in the first five books, attention was often called to his wording. The philological examination strengthened the conjecture that the author did not simply reproduce his sources. A comparison of Diodorus’ accounts with the writings of various other authors (poets, philosophers, orators, geographers, biographers and historians), earlier and later than this author as well as his contemporaries, is also an important device employed in the book.

Keywords:culture-hero; Diodorus’ mythistory; philological examination



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