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Kadmos of Miletos (1760)

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Author(s): Fontana, Federica
This entry was prepared by Federica Fontana. First published online in August 2017. To be published in print in: Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued. Part IV E. Paradoxography and Antiquities. IV 2. Antiquities, vol. 1, ed. by Stefan Schorn, Leiden, Boston. See also BNJ 489. Introduction/ Biographical Essay According to many ancient sources, Kadmos of Miletos was the first or one of the first Greeks to write history in prose, perhaps even the first Greek prose writer. Pliny dates him to the age of Kyros (T 2c); Strabo (T 3a) and Josephos (T 4) seem to provide a similar da…