Comparison of Extant Historical Documents

Histories Oldest Manuscripts Number Surviving
Livy 59b.c.a.d. 17 4th centurya.d. 27
Tacitus a.d.56–120 9th centurya.d. 3
Suetoniusa.d. 69–140 9th centurya.d. 200+
Thucydides 460–400b.c. 1st centurya.d. 20
Herodotus 484–425b.c. 1st centurya.d. 75
New Testament c. 100–150a.d. c. 5,700 (counting only Greek manuscripts) plus more than 10,000 in Latin, and more than a million quotations from the church fathers, etc.

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