The Histories (Oxford World’s Classics)

October 10, 2019 - Comment

Herodotus is not only known as the `father of history’, as Cicero called him, but also the father of ethnography; as well as charting the historical background to the Persian Wars, his curiosity also prompts frequent digression on the cultures of the peoples he introduces. While much of the information he gives has proved to

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Herodotus is not only known as the `father of history’, as Cicero called him, but also the father of ethnography; as well as charting the historical background to the Persian Wars, his curiosity also prompts frequent digression on the cultures of the peoples he introduces. While much of the information he gives has proved to be astonishingly accurate, he also entertains us with delightful tales of one-eyed men and gold-digging ants. This readable new translation is
supplemented with expansive notes that provide readers the background that they need to appreciate the book in depth.

ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.Herodotus is not only known as the `father of history’, as Cicero called him, but also the father of ethnography; as well as charting the historical background to the Persian Wars, his curiosity also prompts frequent digression on the cultures of the peoples he introduces. While much of the information he gives has proved to be astonishingly accurate, he also entertains us with delightful tales of one-eyed men and gold-digging ants. This readable new translation is
supplemented with expansive notes that provide readers the background that they need to appreciate the book in depth.

ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Comments

Anonymous says:

A fascinatingly wild ride, but not for the faint of heart. This is a fascinating book by the recognised ‘Father of History’. It is full of astounding stories from the distant past up to around 2,500 years ago. Some of it can be checked for verity, much of it can’t. He often gives several versions of the same story, as told to him by different witnesses. He also makes assumptions, some of them pretty wild, but often entertaining and thought provoking. The cruelty and war-like aspects of mankind are, however, graphically described and the desperate…

Anonymous says:

Reading it in a few days would give you a headache as it is filled with details and data (and you will not remember most of what you read – same as with a loooong and very dry and boring history lesson) You cannot go wrong with this book.The only thing is that you cannot read too much of it in one go. You have to portion it: 20 pages now, 20 pages in the evening and so on. Reading it in a few days would give you a headache as it is filled with details and data (and you will not remember most of what you read – same as with a loooong and very dry and boring history lesson). So it is a book to be slowly “digested”/enjoyed.

Anonymous says:

A worth while purchase This takes some time to ‘get into’ the narrative but it is worth the perseverance. I only bought this as a result of watching The English Patient and I have to say it has been worth it. Whether I remember all the information remains to be seen but I shall remember aprts of it if only for my own satisfaction. After all I am not going to sit an examination!

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