Ancient authors who give explicit dates of composition in their works

Someone asked me, naively, why ancient authors didn’t indicate when they were writing.  Of course modern authors don’t tend to embed their names and date of completion in their works either, but this led me to wonder just how many ancient works DO indicate when they were written, in an explicit manner?  Comments welcome!

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  1. Not a direct answer to the question, but I would suggest the book Caesar’s Calendar, which deals not only with how the calendar was established, but also goes into great detail about ancient perceptions of time and history (and does perhaps give some better perspective on the “why”).

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