Penguin Classics, New York, 2003; originally published in Ancient Greek in 440 BC, English
Nonfiction, General
ISBN: 9780140449082

From the Publisher. “No one is fool enough to choose war instead of peace—in peace sons bury fathers, but in war fathers bury sons.” One of the masterpieces of classical literature, The Histories describes how a small and quarrelsome band of Greek city states united to repel the might of the Persian empire. But while this epic struggle forms the core of his work, Herodotus’s natural curiosity frequently gives rise to colourful digressions—a description of the natural wonders of Egypt; an account of European lake-dwellers; and far-fetched accounts of dog-headed men and gold-digging ants. With its kaleidoscopic blend of fact and legend, The Histories offers a compelling Greek view of the world of the fifth century BC.

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Temple St. Clair

Herodotus may be the greatest historian and storyteller of all time. This volume has accompanied me on many trips through Greece and the ancient sites along the Turkish coast. It brings Ancient Greece alive.

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