Talk:Cassius Dio

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Who is this "Henri de Valois" who supposedly compiled Dio Cassius fragments? Is this a member of the French royal house, or someone unrelated? john k 05:17, 5 September 2005 (UTC)

The Henri de Valois mentioned is also called Henri Valois and Valesius. 18:24, 31 July 2007 (UTC)

Needs general language cleanup[edit]

This is a good article, but much of it seems as though it was written by someone for whom English is a second language (no offense intended). I cleaned up some of it, including sentence structure, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and incorrect vocabulary; however, I don't know enough about the subject so I can't change too much without risking changing the content in a factually incorrect way. For example, I don't know if the Monk's work is actually an "abridgement" of what previously existed, or if the author of this article meant to state that the Monk created an "addendum," or what. Also, the style of some the writing needs to be changed. For example, in disucssing what remains of the books in modern times, the author states, "We have remaining..." I fixed several to read, "Today there remains..." to avoid using 1st person tense for verbs. Any help from someone who understands both the subject matter AND proper written grammar would be great. Thanks. Srajan01 (talk) 06:54, 16 December 2007 (UTC)

I have completed Copyediting of this article for the September 2012 drive.--Soulparadox (talk) 15:30, 28 September 2012 (UTC)


There are probably good additional sources for appreciating Dio as an historian. Fergus Millar is obviously a scholar of the first rank, but I'm guessing his work on Dio was essentially his dissertation (his first book-length publication, looks like). Cynwolfe (talk) 16:34, 25 August 2009 (UTC)

He was the father of Cassius Dio, Consul in 291[edit]

How the heck old was he when he had his kid, and how old was the kid when he became Consul? (fotoguzzi) (talk) 17:50, 10 February 2010 (UTC)

He wasn't the father of the consul of 291, more likely the grandfather or great grandfather. I shall correct. Oatley2112 (talk) 01:33, 13 August 2012 (UTC)

DIO CASSIUS. Second century Roman historian. Describing the savage Jewish uprising against the Roman empire that has been acknowledged as the turning point downward in the course of that great state-form: “The Jews were destroying both Greeks and Romans. They ate the flesh of their victims, made belts for themselves out of their entrails, and daubed themselves with their blood… In all, 220,000 men perished in Cyrene and 240,000 in Cyprus, and for this reason no Jew may set foot in Cyprus today.” (Roman History) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Dandate2 (talkcontribs) 00:23, 12 May 2010 (UTC)

Weird See Also section[edit]

Why the Celts and the Flavian amphitheatre? Bazuz (talk) 20:20, 11 August 2012 (UTC)

Gladiator Film[edit]

In the 2000 film Gladiator, a Cassius is shown presenting Maximus' first fight in the Colosseum. Commodus later asks Cassius about the "barbarians" losing the battle, rather than winning. I have not checked any sources regarding the film, but it would seem likely that they intended this Cassius to be the Cassius Dio. (talk) 04:04, 31 May 2013 (UTC)


What is the meaning of the abbreviation "Dione. lib"? And who would have cited him thus? JMK (talk) 05:44, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Can't find that in the article, so presumably this is a citation you've found elsewhere. What's the context? "Dione" could be Italian (the Italian version of this article is named "Cassio Dione Cocceiano"), or possibly the ablative case of Dio in Latin. Does "lib" have a number after it? It's most likely Latin liber, or Italian libro, meaning "book". If it said "lib 6.23", that would be book 2, chapter 23 of Dio's Roman History. --Nicknack009 (talk) 08:59, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
The term was in the lead paragraph, "Dio (Dione. lib)", but was recently removed by User:Omnipaedista. I still see it repeated on the web. I assume it means that in "Dione. lib" he was only referred to as "Dio". JMK (talk) 15:40, 24 September 2014 (UTC)


According to Oxford, it was coined in the 18th century in reference to Roman mythology, but I removed it as jargon, also there's no Wkp article for it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by InformationvsInjustice (talkcontribs) 01:31, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

Here's the link: Informata ob Iniquitatum (talk) 01:34, 15 November 2016 (UTC)