What is the meaning of "[...] but it sometimes fills a gap left by the more authoritative records."? He wrote the history of rome for a roman emperor -- isn't that as authoritative as it gets? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 08:29, 30 April 2007 (UTC).
"Its independent value is small" means, that Eutropius was neither a prominent scholar himself, nor got great results due to his own historical research. But the value of his work lies in the fact, that he compiled some older historical works, which are lost for us now, but have survived as direct or indirect excerpts in his text. Kameal (talk) 21:35, 3 September 2008 (UTC)