Book of daniel dating
The last chronological event written as history (as opposed to prophecy) is "the third year of Cyrus King of Persia," (Dan 10:1) which was 537 BC (pg. This, together with the first date, gives us reason to believe that the book was probably written/compiled, according to the author, sometime quite soon after 537 BC, as he would have been somewhere over eighty years old (pg. The historical evidences stem from arguments that have been alleged that there are historical errors or inaccuracies in Daniel.The evidences are counter-arguments which use recent archaeological findings to prove that Daniel is correct, and our previous information was incomplete.
This would be especially true if the author's purpose was to encourage the people of his day who were currently suffering persecution also, as the proponents of the second century date of writing believe.
The second section can either be construed as prophecy, or history containing some prophecy, depending on the date one assumes that the book was written.