The Histories

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Penguin Books Limited, 2003 - Fiction - 716 pages
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The work that established the study of history in the western world, Herodotus's The Histories is a dazzling contemporary account of the ancient world, translated from the Greek by Aubrey de Sélincourt, revised with an introduction and notes by John Marincola in Penguin Classics. 'No one is fool enough to choose war instead of peace - in peace sons bury fathers, but in war fathers bury sons' One of the masterpieces of classical literature, the Histories describes how a small and quarrelsome band of Greek city states united to repel the might of the Persian Empire. But while this epic struggle forms the core of his work, Herodotus' natural curiosity frequently gives rise to colourful digressions - a description of the natural wonders of Egypt; an account of European lake-dwellers; and far-fetched accounts of dog-headed men and gold-digging ants. With its kaleidoscopic blend of fact and legend, The Histories offers a compelling Greek view of the world of the fifth century BC. This celebrated translation of The Histories has been extensively revised and includes an updated bibliography, chronology, glossary and additional notes. A Greek historian, Herodotus (c.485-25 BC) left his native town of Halicarnassus, a Greek colony, to travel extensively. He collected historical, geographical, ethnological, mythological and archaeological material for his histories. If you enjoyed The Histories, you might like Tacitus' Annals of Imperial Rome, also available in Penguin Classics.

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That's a lot of storytelling. - Goodreads
Herodotus arguably invented prose. - Goodreads
Herodotus certainly could spin a yarn. - Goodreads
I've found that a plot summary is indispensible. - Goodreads
No intro class needed, not much context needed either. - Goodreads

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Longs periods of uninteresting details punctuated by sections of great storytelling Read full review

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There is little doubt that HISTORIES is a literary history classic. But it is much more: not only does it give detailed battle reports, but it also tells of the culture, religion, social ... Read full review

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The Internet Classics Archive | The History of Herodotus by Herodotus
The complete text written 440 BCE by Herodotus as translated by George Rawlinson
classics.mit.edu/ Herodotus/ history.html

Herodotus, The Histories (ed. ad Godley)
Herodotus, The Histories (ed. ad Godley). Editions and translations: Greek | English (ed. ad Godley) Your current position in the text is marked in red. ...
www.perseus.tufts.edu/ cgi-bin/ ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.01.0126

On Herodotus' Histories
These travels would have taken many years (some estimate twelve) and contributed to the almost encyclopedic scope of the Histories, and its aura of ...
www.shunya.net/ Text/ Herodotus/ TheHistorian.htm

Histories (Herodotus) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Histories of Herodotus of Halicarnassus is considered the first work of history in Western literature. Written about 440 BC in the Ionic dialect of ...
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Herodotus' Histories: the 28 logoi
The Histories are the account of the researches done by the Greek author Herodotus of Halicarnassus (c.480-c.429). It is an entertaining work of great ...
www.livius.org/ he-hg/ herodotus/ logoi.html

Herodotus - The Histories - Connections - New York Times
The publication of “The Landmark Herodotus” is a worthy occasion for celebrating Herodotus’ contemporary importance
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~440 BC THE HISTORY OF HERODOTUS by Herodotus translated by George ...
~440 BC THE HISTORY OF HERODOTUS by Herodotus translated by George Rawlinson The First Book, Entitled CLIO THESE are the researches of Herodotus of ...
www.fordham.edu/ HALSALL/ ancient/ herodotus-history.txt

Bowden: on Herodotus, The Histories
Review of Herodotus, The Histories, translated by Aubrey de Sélincourt, revised with an introduction and notes by John M. Marincola. (Penguin Classics. ...
www.dur.ac.uk/ Classics/ histos/ 1997/ bowden.html

village voice > books > The Histories Boy by Giles Harvey
The Histories Boy. ... The Histories, a rollicking account of the wars that raged between "Greeks and non-Greeks" in the centuries before its author's birth ...
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Writers' Representatives, LLC: The Landmark Herodotus
Cicero called him "the father of history," and his only work, The Histories, is considered the first true piece of historical writing in Western literature. ...
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A Greek historian, Herodotus (c.485-425 BC) left his native town of Halicarnassus, a Greek colony, to travel extensively. He collected historical, geographical, ethnological, mytholgical and archaeological material for his histories. A Greek historian, Herodotus (c.485-425 BC) left his native town of Halicarnassus, a Greek colony, to travel extensively. He collected historical, geographical, ethnological, mytholgical and archaeological material for his histories. Aubrey de Selincourt has translated Livy, Herodotus and Arrian, all for Penguin Classics. John Marincola is Associate Professor of Classics at New York University.

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