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The Histories 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 colorful 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


About the Author: Herodotus

Herodotus greek was an ancient Greek historian who was born in Halicarnassus, Caria modern day Bodrum, Turkey and lived in the fifth century BCE c 484 425 BCE He has been called The Father of History , as well as The Father of Lies He was the first historian known to collect his materials systematically, test their accuracy to a certain extent, and arrange them in a well constructed and vivid narrative The Histories his masterpiece and the only work he is known to have produced is a record of his inquiry or histor a, a word that passed into Latin and acquired its modern meaning of history , being an investigation of the origins of the Greco Persian Wars and including a wealth of geographical and ethnographical information Although some of his stories were fanciful and others inaccurate, he claimed he was reporting only what had been told to him Little is known of his personal history.It was not until the time of Herodotus that gods began to have less influence upon history that was written, yet it was still implied because of the largely accepted view of the Greeks and the expectations that they may have had of how The Histories would be written History was becomingof a knowledge rather than an amusement Because of Herodotus wanting people to accept what he had to write, he implemented stories that may have not directly correlated to gods, but rather implemented the idea that miracles or supernatural events took place As was the story of Arion and the dolphin While on a boat the men found out that Arion, who was a musician, was worth lots of money and decided to have him killed The crew gave him two options, that either he jump ship or they kill him on the spot Arion flung himself into the water and a dolphin carried him to shore.Herodotus wasconcerned with putting pleasure before knowledge, unless he did not believe that the gods had a dramatic influence on history and was rather just trying to please his audience Like the story of the king having his servant look upon his naked wife, and when spotting him hiding, asked him to kill her husband 78 This, like many stories of Herodotus, are told in great detail, and for the simplicity of dramatic effect This refers back to the way bards used to tell their poems or stories to their audience Herodotus was accused by many because of such detailed accounts, and even called a liar by some In his writing we can already see that there was no direct association with gods.



10 thoughts on “The Histories

  1. says:

    What I learned from this book in no particular order 1 Ancient Greeks are quarrelsome and love to waste each other s city states for the pettiest reasons 2 From all forms of government known to man, democracy is the best Tyrants and oligarchs suck.3 The Persian Empire is a mighty barbarian nation, but


  2. says:

    What do Herodotus and Tristram Shandy have in common Progress through digression.I suppose my first acquaintance with the work of Herodotus was through that technicolor cold war drama The 300 Spartans in which a rampantly heterosexual force of Spartans defends freedom, liberty, and all that good stuff from


  3. says:

    The Histories, HerodotusThe Histories of Herodotus is the founding work of history in Western literature Written in 440 BC in the Ionic dialect of classical Greek, The Histories serves as a record of the ancient traditions, politics, geography, and clashes of various cultures that were known in Western Asia, Nort


  4. says:

    Hubris in History A Recurring TerrorThe conversion of legend writing into the science of history was not native to the Greek mind, it was a fifth century invention, and Herodotus was the man who invented it R.G Collingwood The prime subject of The Histories is the twenty years 499 479 B.C.E of war between Greece and Pe


  5. says:

    The kids bought me this for Christmas and it is a thing of infinite beauty I ve been meaning to read these histories for years and never quite got around to it I had never realised quite how remarkable this book would be.This version of the book is the third that I now own I ve also got a copy of the Penguin Classics and I v


  6. says:

    I think I would like to invite my Goodreads friends to browse any Book you like, then take heart to start with Book I as the inception of the whole inquiry unthinkable to those Greek scholars at that time, but Herodotus could make it and you cannot help admiring him when you read his famous preamble Herodotus of Halicarnassus here


  7. says:

    It wasn t just Vollmann s fourth reference to Herodotus in a span of 20 pages in Rising Up and Rising Down, it was the reality and shame that I m in my 40s and the most I know about the war between Persia and the Hellenic city states is what I learned from the movie 300 Thus, The Histories.First I can t imagine what it would have been l


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    Accordingly the Psylli took counsel among themselves, and by common consent made war upon the southwind so at least the Libyans say, I do but repeat their words they went forth and reached the desert but there the south wind rose and buried them under heaps of sand whereupon, the Psylli being destroyed, their lands passed to the Nasamonians.I


  9. says:

    One of the surprising things about this book is that, despite its antiquity, the author s personality comes through Of course I m hearing his voice through translation, but I couldn t help but imagine that I was on the listening end of an extended conversation with the book s narrator who had traveled widely, met many people, and read much The book


  10. says:

    What I read Histories by HerodotusWhat I expected Thucydides PersiansWhat I got Mountable battle dolphinsThe complete discography of Kid RockEyewitness testimony that Ethiopians produce pitch black semen no homo Our flying snakes will block out the sun On all levels except physical I am a Mede Whips the sea Herodotus can I borrow 100,000 Persians 1,000,0


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