The Histories

The Histories

Book - 2014
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One of Western history's greatest books springs to life in Tom Holland's vibrant new translation

Herodotus of Halicarnassus--who was hailed by Cicero as "the father of history"--wrote his histories around 440 BC. It is the earliest surviving work of nonfiction and a thrilling narrative account of (among other things) the war between the Persian Empire and the Greek city-states in the fifth century BC.

With a wealth of information about ancient geography, ethnography, zoology, comparative anthropology, and much else, The Histories is also filled with bizarre and fanciful stories, which award-winning historian Tom Holland vividly captures in this major new translation--highlighting Herodotus's superb storytelling gifts and displaying his delightful curiosity alongside his flair for riveting epic drama. Featuring an introduction and notes by Professor Paul Cartledge, a translator's preface, an index of significant persons and places, maps, and a supplementary index, this translation makes Herodotus irresistible reading once more.
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2014, ©2013.
ISBN: 9780670024896
Branch Call Number: 930 HER
Characteristics: xxxix, 833 pages : maps ; 24 cm

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Aw_19 May 10, 2016

Herodotus may be the father of the study of history, but he's first and foremost a story teller.

Yes, this work is long. And at times Herodotus verge on the verbose, but I found his work (and this translation in particular) to be thoroughly enjoyable. He can spin you a yarn of a tale.

This is a classic that you will actually enjoy reading.

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