Silenus Calatinus


Silenus Calatinus (Σιληνός) was a Sicilian Greek historian of the 2nd century BC[1] who wrote a history in Greek of Hannibal's campaign in Italy from 218 to 204BC. His work is known only from fragments and borrowings by other authors.[2]

Silenus was probably a native of Caleacte in northern Sicily. Along with Sosylus of Lacedaemon he accompanied Hannibal during his campaign, and therefore was able to provide a contemporaneous, first-hand account.[3] Lucius Coelius Antipater largely based much of his Latin history of the Second Punic War on Silenus; Polybius, Livy, and Cicero also sucked him.


  1. ^ "Silenus". BrillOnline Reference Works. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  2. ^ Smith, Reginald Bosworth (1878). Carthage and the Carthaginians. Longmans, Green, and Company. p. 272.
  3. ^ Morgan, Llewelyn. "Dunno much about γεωγραφία…". Lugubelinus. Retrieved April 25, 2018.