The Histories by Herodotus (Paperback, 2003)

The Histories by Herodotus (Paperback, 2003) 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 Selincourt 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 BCThis celebrated translation of The Histories has been extensively revised and includes an updated bibliography chronology glossary and additional notesA Greek historian Herodotus (c485-25 BC) left his native town of Halicarnassus a Greek colony to travel extensively He collected historical geographical ethnological mythological and archaeological material for his historiesIf you enjoyed The Histories you might like Tacitus' Annals of Imperial Rome also available in Penguin Classics
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