Is the Byzantine historian Zonaras' epitome of Cassius Dio's Roman History (as presented alongside Dio's fragments in the Loeb edition of the Roman History) our fullest surviving ancient annalistic account of Roman history for the years 292–265 BC?

To the best of my knowledge, this period also receives coverage from Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Diodorus Siculus and Appian, though their surviving annalistic narratives are fragmentary.

Is there any other surviving annalistic source that is superior to those mentioned above?

(NB: This discussion is restricted to sources containing full-length annalistic accounts of Roman affairs, excluding Plutarch's Life of Pyrrhus which falls in the genre of biography.)

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  • Specifically: is this about the leoquelle (unidentified sources/parts in the epitome)? Commented May 7, 2019 at 13:42
  • The whole field of history is based on fragmentary sources, so I'd not reject them out of hand, unless you have a secondary source which has already done the compilation. Commented May 7, 2019 at 22:25


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