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The Histories

by Herodotus

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Recounts the causes and history of the wars between the Greek city-states and Persia.
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    The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides (Voracious_Reader)
    Voracious_Reader: More emotional and probably less factually accurate than Herodutus, it's more fun to read. Its inaccuracies do not take away from its amazing quality
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    Travels with Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuściński (BGP)
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    Creation by Gore Vidal (Waldstein)
    Waldstein: Bold revisionist treatment in novel form. Masterfully written in the first person singular. Much more fun to read and much greater in scope account of the 5th century BC.
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    Soldier of the Mist by Gene Wolfe (LamontCranston)
    LamontCranston: Soldier of the Mist is dedicated to Herodotus, draws heavily upon The Histories for reference material and is set concurrently with the events towards the end (the sacking of Athens and retreat of the Persians) and continues after
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    Biblioteca by Fozio (timspalding)
    timspalding: It's instructive to read Herodotus alongside the fragments of Ctesias, particularly the Indica—available on the web or in Photius here.
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    History of the Twelve Caesars by Suetonius (gbill)
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Considered the founding work of history in Western literature. Written in 430 BC in the Ionic dialect of classical Greek. Although not a fully impartial record, it remains one of the most important sources regarding these affairs. Moreover, it established the genre and study of history in the Western world (despite the existence of historical records and chronicles beforehand).

The Histories also stands as one of the earliest accounts of the rise of the Persian Empire, as well as the events and causes of the Greco-Persian Wars between the Persian Empire and the Greek city-states in the 5th century BC. Herodotus portrays the conflict as one between the forces of slavery (the Persians) on the one hand, and freedom (the Athenians and the confederacy of Greek city-states which united against the invaders) on the other. The Histories was at some point divided into the nine books that appear in modern editions, conventionally named after the nine Muses. ( )
  Marcos_Augusto | Mar 6, 2021 |
Una joya unica, Herodotus que era niño cuando estos eventos pasaron nos cuenta como fue la guerra de Grecia contra Persia.
Lamentablemente no tenemos otras fuentes y en mucho de lo que nos cuenta posiblemente no es cierto. En todo caso es una lectura unica para entender la epoca.

Pero tambien el libro incluye ciertas descripciones que lo hacen bastente tedioso, los rios por los que el ejercito persiano, etc.

Estoy seguro de que hay otras ediciones que recortan estas cosas y aunque por un lado es un sacrilegio, creo que facilmente se le pueden quitar 100 paginas que no añaden nada a un lector moderno que no sea un historiador. ( )
  trusmis | Nov 28, 2020 |
2 v. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
Discard box 03/20
  GSHale | Feb 15, 2020 |
Herodotus' Histories are most often remembered as an account of the Persian monarchs Darius' and Xerxes' doomed invasions of Greece and the heroic defenses led by the Athenians and the Spartans (The death of the 300 spartiates at Thermopylea and the battle of Marathon). This is there, and it is important, but there is so much more. Herodotus gives descriptions of the numerous peoples that were known to the Greeks, and he tells stories that, although often dubious, convey ideas of the peoples' character in the most striking possible way. Herodotus himself tells us that it is his business not to try to decide for himself what has happened, which is often impossible, but to record what people say has happened, which has its own significance. Many of these stories are haunting. I still get chills when I think about the tyrant Croesus, who has just been taught the error of his philosophy by the conquering tyrant Cyrus, crying out to God and to the Athenian wise man Solon, as Croesus is about to be burned by Cyrus.

Herodotus is also one of the most useful sources on the history of Egypt, which, along with Egypt's conquest by Persia, takes up a sizable portion of the text. He describes Egyptian culture at length. Herodotus may even have had an accurate report about where to find the source of the Nile, which would long elude European explorers thousands of years down the road. ( )
  EthanRogers | Jul 12, 2019 |
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OVER the course of the past decade Tom Holland, a British popular historian, has produced a succession of highly readable works of fiction and non-fiction about the classical world. He has adapted Homer, Virgil and Thucydides for the radio and, as a labour of love and at a rate of a paragraph a day, he has translated Herodotus, the man Cicero called “the Father of History”. Mr Holland’s preface states that “Herodotus is the most entertaining of historians”, indeed “as entertaining as anyone who has ever written”. This lively, engaging version of the “Histories” provides ample support for what might otherwise appear to be a wild exaggeration.
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This is the showing forth of the Inquiry of Herodotus of Halicarnassos so that neither the deeds of men may be forgotten by lapse of time, nor the works great and marvellous, which have been produced some by Hellenes and some by Barbarians, may lose their renown; and especially that the causes may be remembered for which these waged war with one another.
Herodotus of Halicarnassus, his Researches are here set down to preserve the memory of the past by putting on record the astonishing achievements both of our own and of other peoples; and more particularly, to show how they came into conflict.

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Herodotus of Halicarnassus: Researches. These words, visible when the papyrus was rolled up, served the purpose of those on our book-covers.

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No one is so foolish as to prefer war to peace, in which, instead of sons burying their fathers, fathers bury their sons.
Such was the number of the barbarians, that when they shot forth their arrows the sun would be darkened by their multitude." Dieneces, not at all frightened at these words, but making light of the Median numbers, answered "Our Trachinian friend brings us excellent tidings. If the Medes darken the sun, we shall have our fight in the shade.
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Recounts the causes and history of the wars between the Greek city-states and Persia.

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This is where History really began. Herodotus, though not always accurate, tells a great story of the origin of various civilizations as well as how they thrived. The stories are great even if they can't be taken at face value.
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