Comparison of
Classic Texts and The New Testament
AUTHOR
WHEN WRITTEN
EARLIEST COPY
TIME SPAN
NO. OF COPIES
Julius Caesar's
Gaulic Wars
100-44 b.c.
900 a.d.
1,000 years
10
Livy
59 b.c. - 17a.d.
 
 
20
Plato's Tetralogies
427-347 b.c.
1100 a.d.
1,200 years
7
Tacitus' annals
also minor works
100 a.d.
100 a.d.
1100 a.d.
1000 a.d.
1,000 years
900 years
~ 20
1
Pliny the Younger's
History
61-113 a.d.
850 a.d.
750 years
7
Thucydides' History
460-400 a.d.
900 a.d.
1,300 years
8
Suetonius'
De Vita Caesarum
75-160 a.d.
950 a.d.
900 years
8
Herodotus' History
480-425 b.c.
900 a.d.
1,300 years
8
Sophocles
496-406 b.c.
1000 a.d.
1,400 years
193
Lucretius
Died 55 or 53 b.c.
 
1,100 years
2
Catullus
54 b.c.
1550 a.d.
1,600 years
3
Euripedes
480-406 b.c.
1100 a.d.
1,500 years
9
Demosthenes
383-322 b.c.
1100 a.d.
1,300 years
200
Aristotle
384-322 b.c.
1100 a.d.
1,400 years
49*
Aristophanes
450-385 b.c.
900 a.d.
1,200 years
10
Homer's Iliad
900 b.c.
400 b.c.
500 years
643
New Testament
40-100 a.d.
125 a.d.
25 years
24,000+