The Histories
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The Histories


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' natural curiosity frequently gives rise to colorful 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.

Title:The Histories
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:716 pages

    The Histories Reviews

  • Grace Tjan
    Jun 23, 2011

    What I learned from this book (in no particular order):1. Ancient Greeks are quarrelsome and love to waste each other?s city-states for the pettiest reasons. 2. From all forms of government known to...

  • Riku Sayuj
    Feb 08, 2015

    Hubris in History: A Recurring Terror ?The conversion of legend-writing into the science of history was not native to the Greek mind, it was a fifth-century invention, and Herodotus was the man wh...

  • Jan-Maat
    Oct 05, 2015

    What do Herodotus and Tristram Shandy have in common? Progress through digression.I suppose my first acquaintance with the work of Herodotus was through that technicolor cold war dramaThe 300 Spartans...

  • Brian
    Jan 14, 2014

    It wasn't just Vollmann's fourth reference to Herodotus in a span of 20 pages in Rising Up and Rising Down, it was the reality and shame that I'm in my 40s and the most I know about the war between Pe...

  • Trevor
    Apr 10, 2009

    The kids bought me this for Christmas and it is a thing of infinite beauty. I?ve been meaning to read these histories for years and never quite got around to it. I had never realised quite how remar...

  • Huda Aweys
    Aug 03, 2016

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  • umberto
    Oct 29, 2016

    I think I'd like to invite my Goodreads friends to browse any Book you like, then take heart to start with Book I as the inception of the whole inquiry unthinkable to those Greek scholars at that time...

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    Jul 03, 2016

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  • Lazarus P Badpenny Esq
    Jul 07, 2010

    "When the moment finally came to declare their purpose, the Babylonians, in order to reduce the consumption of food, herded together and strangled all the women in the city - each man exempting only h...

  • Christopher
    Dec 08, 2014

    How to review Herodotus? It's much like trying to review the Bible. Most would probably say something like, "I liked the blood and guts and stories about the cheating wives of kings; the genealogies w...