Agatharchides of Cnidus
(330 words)

b. before 200 BC;

d. after 145 BC or after 132/1 BC;

Greek historian leaning towards social criticism; representative of the so-called tragic or mimetic school of historiography (by means of sophisticated literary techniques).


The historical work is known primarily through longer excerpts in Diodorus [18] and Photius [2].

Translations / Commentaries

English translation of the FGrH with updated commentary in the online editio…

Cite this page
Landfester, Manfred, “Agatharchides of Cnidus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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