Herodotus is not only the father of the art and science of historical writing but also one of Western traditions most compelling storytellers. In tales such as that of Gygeswho murders Candaules, the king of Lydia, and usurps his throne and his marriage bed, thereby bringing on, generations later, war with the Persianshe laid bare the intricate human entanglements at the core of great historical events. In his love for the stranger, more marvelous facts of the world, he infused his magnificent history with a continuous awareness of the mythic and the wonderful. For more than a hundred generations, his supple, lucid prose has drawn readers into his panoramic vision of the war between the Greek city-states and the great empire to the east. And in the generosity of his spirit, in the instinctive empiricism that took him searching over much of the known world for information, in the care he took with sources and historical evidence, in his freedom from intolerance and prejudice, he virtually defined the rational, humane spirit that is the enduring legacy of Greek civilization.
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Rawlinson, George, 1812-1902.
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|display_description||One of the masterworks of Western civilization from the Ancient Greek author and orator known as the "Father of History." Written in the fifth century BC, The Histories is a wide-ranging inquiry into the Greco-Persian Wars and beyond. Factual accounts of military matters on land and at sea, commanders, governments, and rulers are juxtaposed with Greek mythology. As inspiring to travel writers and journalists as it is to historians, this epic work includes a wealth of geographical and ethnographical information on the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Greece. It remains one of the West's most important sources regarding the ancient world. "To transfer the responsibility for events away from heaven and squarely on to mortals may seem, two and half thousand years on, an obvious task, but in so doing Herodotus fundamentally changed the way that humans look at the world-and that is why Cicero called him the father of history." -The Guardian "We may no longer share Herodotus' view of the past, yet we delight in the richness of the world he sketched. Its stories, landscapes, characters, and insights into human nature linger long after the reading. What makes the work stand out above all is the Histories' sense of wonder and discovery. Herodotus' Histories remain a classic testament to the pleasures of researching and learning." -The Conversation|
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|series_with_volume||Everyman's library|no. 234|
Greece -- History -- Persian Wars, 500-449 B.C
Greece -- History -- To 146 B.C
Herodotus -- Translations into English
|title_full||Histories [electronic resource] Herodotus,|
The Histories [electronic resource] Herodotus,
The Histories [electronic resource] Herodotus.
The histories / Herodotus ; translated by George Rawlinson ; with an introduction by Rosalind Thomas
The histories / Herodotus ; translated by Tom Holland ; introduction and notes by Paul Cartledge
The histories [electronic resource] / Herodotus
The histories [electronic resource] Herodotus,