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ISBN13: 9780140449082
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One of Western historyand#8217;s greatest books springs to life in Tom Hollandand#8217;s vibrant new translation

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Herodotus of Halicarnassusand#151;who was hailed by Cicero as and#147;the father of historyand#8221;and#151;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.

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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 translationand#151;highlighting Herodotusand#8217;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 translatorand#8217;s preface, an index of significant persons and places, maps, and a supplementary index, this translation makes Herodotus irresistible reading once more.

Synopsis:

"The Histories" describes how a small and quarrelsome band of Greek city states united to repel the might of the Persian empire. Frequently giving rise to colourful digressions, Herodotus blends fact and legend to offer a compelling Greek view of the world of the 5th century BC.

Synopsis:

“Unquestionably the best English translation of Herodotus . . . in the past half-century.” —The Times Literary Supplement

In Tom Hollands vibrant new translation, one of the great masterpieces of Western history springs to life. Herodotus of Halicarnassus—hailed by Cicero as the “Father of History”—composed his histories around 440 bc. The earliest surviving work of nonfiction, The Histories works its way from the Trojan War through an epic account of the war between the Persian empire and the Greek citystates in the fifth century bc, recording landmark events that ensured the development of Western culture and still capture our modern imagination. Beautifully packaged with a comprehensive array of tools to guide first-time readers and experts alike, this accessible translation makes Herodotus fresh and irresistible once more.

Synopsis:

Translated by Aubrey de Sélincourt with an introduction and Notes by John M. Marincola.

 

About the Author

HERODOTUS was born around 480 bc in Halicarnassus, on the southwest coast of Asia Minor. Few facts are known about his life but he remains known through his lifes work, The Histories.

TOM HOLLAND is the award-winning author of Rubicon, Persian Fire, and most recently In the Shadow of the Sword. He lives in London.

PAUL CARTLEDGE is the author of Sparta and Lakonia and The Greeks. He is A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

The Histories Preface

Introduction

1. Herodotus' Life and Work

2. The Subject-Matter of The Histories

3. Herodotus' sources and Metho Histories

4. Structure and Themes in The Histories

5. Herodotus' Later Reputation

Further Reading

A Note on the Text

Maps

Herodotus The Histories

Book One

Book Two

Book Three

Book Four

Book Five

Book Six

Book Seven

Book Eight

Book Nine

Glossary

Structural Outline

Chronology

Abbreviations

Notes

Index

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Maxfield, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by Maxfield)
Picking Herodotus up, we are confronted by stories of daring dolphin escapes and gold-digging ants, massive wine glasses and soap-opera plot twists, but the calm and gentle voice of Herodotus eases us away from this simple pleasure of story-telling. We get a view of a world not dissimilar to our own, where individuals are struggling to be virtuous, and, in doing so, are worthy of our attention. Herodotus reminds us that humans are more alike than they are different, that even the smallest of details is worth dedicating to paper, that we live in a beautifully flawed world.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140449082
Translator:
De Selincourt, Aubrey
Translator:
de Selincourt, Aubery
Translator:
De Selincourt, Aubrey
Translator:
de Selincourt, Aubery
Author:
Marincola, John M.
Author:
Holland, Tom
Author:
Selincourt, Aubrey de
Author:
Cartledge, Paul
Author:
Herodotus
Author:
Aubery de Selincourt
Author:
de Selincourt, Aubery
Author:
De Selincourt, Aubrey
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London
Subject:
History
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
History - Ancient
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Greece History To 146 B.C.
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Further rev. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe
Series Volume:
no. 250
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 maps
Pages:
880
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.63 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , "The Histories" describes how a small and quarrelsome band of Greek city states united to repel the might of the Persian empire. Frequently giving rise to colourful digressions, Herodotus blends fact and legend to offer a compelling Greek view of the world of the 5th century BC.
"Synopsis" by ,
“Unquestionably the best English translation of Herodotus . . . in the past half-century.” —The Times Literary Supplement

In Tom Hollands vibrant new translation, one of the great masterpieces of Western history springs to life. Herodotus of Halicarnassus—hailed by Cicero as the “Father of History”—composed his histories around 440 bc. The earliest surviving work of nonfiction, The Histories works its way from the Trojan War through an epic account of the war between the Persian empire and the Greek citystates in the fifth century bc, recording landmark events that ensured the development of Western culture and still capture our modern imagination. Beautifully packaged with a comprehensive array of tools to guide first-time readers and experts alike, this accessible translation makes Herodotus fresh and irresistible once more.

"Synopsis" by ,
Translated by Aubrey de Sélincourt with an introduction and Notes by John M. Marincola.

 

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