Marcellinus (writer)


Marcellinus was the author of a Life of Thucydides, found in some of the ancient commentaries on the History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides.[1] Nothing else is known for certain about this Marcellinus, but he probably lived in about the 6th century AD, and compiled his biography from passages in early writers, adding his own observations.[2] Because he lived so long after Thucydides, the statements of Marcellinus must be treated with caution unless they are supported by other evidence.[3]


  1. ^ Walbank, Frank William; Hornblower, Simon (March 2016). "Marcellinus (2), biographer of Thucydides". Oxford Classical Dictionary (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780199381135.013.3939.
  2. ^ Burns, Timothy (2010). "Marcellinus' Life of Thucydides, translated, with an introduction essay" (PDF). Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy. 38 (1). ISSN 0020-9635. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 May 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  3. ^ There is an online translation of a Life of Thucydides by W.B. Allen; but this is a translation of a shorter, anonymous Life, not the biography written by Marcellinus.