Lanterna nostra. Сборник в честь 90-летия профессора И.Л. Маяк
The author makes an attempt to detect the sources used by Diodorus for his account of Sicilian affairs in Bibliotheca historica XIII, 85-96. For that purpose he analyses the image of Dexippus, a Spartan mercenary commander, that appeared in this part of Diodorus’ narrative. The main features of the character seem to be negative and simultaneously similar to the Timaean depiction of the another Spartan, Gylippus. The author argues that the denigration of Dexippus in Diodorus’ text was intentional and that it went back to Timaeus’ view of Dexippus.
The article deals with fundamental political notions in which reflected the crucial stages of the polis evolution.