mwh wrote:It has to be Timaeus, surely, both for history and for historiography. Any other choice would be wilful.
But wouldn’t Duris of Samos be more interesting than any of them? He seems to have aimed at providing the experience of actually being there — an exercise in empathy and engagement. Obviously anathema to “real” historians who just wanted to give “the facts.” I'd head straight for Delta and grab the Duris scrolls; and expect to be excoriated when I got back.
Almost all the historians are from the lost works thread. I did add Polybios because he is does seem such an obvious gap though I didn't vote for him - I blame him for the loss of Timaeus due to his diatribe against Timaeus. (Hegesander was a wild card addition along the lines of Eric the Eel).
If I had used all the ten options Duris might well have been included. His case is rather tantalizing in that he survived into late Byzantine times and only needed to hang on a little longer and the printing press would have saved him.
We can take your post as a write in vote for Duris but aren't going to vote in the main poll?