Diodorus Siculus, The Library of History

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Τάδε ἔνεστιν ἐν τῇ πρώτῃ τῶν

Διοδώρου βίβλων

Προοίμιον τῆς ὅλης πραγματείας.

Περὶ τῶν παρ᾿ Αἰγυπτίοις λεγομένων περὶ τῆς τοῦ κόσμου γενέσεως.

Περὶ τῶν θεῶν ὅσοι πόλεις ἔκτισαν κατ᾿ Αἴγυπτον.

Περὶ τῶν πρώτων γενομένων ἀνθρώπων καὶ τοῦ παλαιοτάτου βίου.

Περὶ τῆς τῶν ἀθανάτων τιμῆς καὶ τῆς τῶν ναῶν κατασκευῆς.

Περὶ τῆς τοποθεσίας τῆς κατ᾿ Αἴγυπτον χώρας καὶ τῶν περὶ τὸν Νεῖλον ποταμὸν παραδοξολογουμένων, τῆς τε τούτου πληρώσεως τὰς αἰτίας1 καὶ τῶν ἱστορικῶν καὶ φιλοσόφων ἀποφάσεις.

Περὶ τῶν πρώτων γενομένων κατ᾿ Αἴγυπτον βασιλέων καὶ τῶν κατὰ μέρος αὐτῶν πράξεων.

Περὶ κατασκευῶν τῶν πυραμίδων τῶν ἀναγραφομένων ἐν τοῖς ἑπτὰ θαυμαζομένοις ἔργοις.

Περὶ τῶν νόμων καὶ τῶν δικαστηρίων.

Περὶ τῶν ἀφιερωμένων ζῴων παρ᾿ Αἰγυπτίοις.

Περὶ τῶν νομίμων τῶν περὶ τοὺς τετελευτηκότας παρ᾿ Αἰγυπτίοις γενομένων.

Περὶ τῶν Ἑλλήνων ὅσοι τῶν ἐπὶ παιδείᾳ θαυμαζομένων παραβαλόντες εἰς Αἴγυπτον καὶ πολλὰ τῶν χρησίμων μαθόντες μετήνεγκαν εἰς τὴν Ἑλλάδα.


Book I

Contents of the First Book of Diodorus

Introduction to the entire work (chaps. 1–5). On the accounts given by the Egyptians about the origin of the universe (chaps. 6–7).

On the gods who founded cities in Egypt.1

On the first men and the earliest manner of life (chap. 8).

On the honour paid to the immortals and the building of the temples to them.1

On the topography of the land of Egypt and the marvels related about the river Nile; the causes also of its flooding and the opinions thereupon of the historians and the philosophers (chaps. 30 ff.).

On the first kings of Egypt and their individual deeds (chaps. 44 ff.).

On the construction of the pyramids which are listed among the seven wonders of the world (chaps. 63 ff.).

On the laws and the courts of law (chaps. 69 ff.).

On the animals held sacred among the Egyptians (chaps. 83 ff.).

On the customs of the Egyptians touching the dead (chaps. 91 ff.).

On those Greeks, renowned for their learning, who visited Egypt and upon acquiring much useful knowledge brought it to Greece (chaps. 96 ff.).

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.diodorus_siculus-library_history.1933