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One of Western historyand#8217;s greatest books springs to life in Tom Hollandand#8217;s vibrant new translation
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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
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
A Note on the Text
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