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This webpage reproduces a portion of
The Library of History

Diodorus Siculus

published in Vol. IV
of the Loeb Classical Library edition, 1946

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(Vol. IV) Diodorus Siculus
Library of History

 p109  Fragments of Uncertain Provenience

[And last of all, many generations later, the people of the Siceli crossed over in a body from Italy into Sicily and made their home in the land which had been abandoned by the Sicani. And since the Siceli steadily grew more avaricious and kept ravaging the land which bordered on theirs, frequent wars arose between them and the Sicani, until at last they struck covenants and set up boundaries of their territory, upon which they had agreed. With regard to these matters we shall give a detailed account in connection with the appropriate period of time.]

1 Diodorus, however, recognizes a distinction between them, when he speaks of Sicani and Siceli.

Diodorus, when he speaks somewhere in the first ten Books about both Siceli and Sicani, recognizes a distinction, as I have already said, between Sicelus and Sicanus.

2 Diodorus of Sicily and Oppian state that this city of Neapolis was founded by Heracles.

3 And the Palladium​1 of Athena was like this we have mentioned, three cubits tall, made of wood, having fallen from heaven, men say, in Pesinous in  p111 Phrygia, and Diodorus and Dio say that the region received its name from this event.2

 p57  4 And Diodorus records that a certain peak of the Alps, which has the appearance of being the highest part of the entire range, is called by the natives the "Ridge of Heaven."

The Loeb Editor's Notes:

1 An image of Pallas Athenê.

2 Pesinous from the stem pes in the verb "to fall."

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