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by Robin Waterfield,Carolyn Dewald,Herodotus

"The father of history," as Cicero called him, and a writer possessed of remarkable narrative gifts, enormous scope, and considerable charm, Herodotus has always been beloved by readers well-versed in the classics. Compelled by his desire to "prevent the traces of human events from being erased by time," Herotodus recounts the incidents preceding and following the Persian Wars. He gives us much more than military history, though, providing the fullest portrait of the classical world of the 5th and 6th centuries. Translated by Robin Waterfield, a distinguished translator whose version of Plato's Republic has been described as `the best available', this readable new translation is supplemented with expansive notes to help the reader appreciate the book in depth.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum 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, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Download The Histories (Oxford World's Classics) epub
ISBN: 0199535663
ISBN13: 978-0199535668
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Author: Robin Waterfield,Carolyn Dewald,Herodotus
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; unknown edition (May 15, 2008)
Pages: 840 pages
ePUB size: 1321 kb
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Rating: 4.1
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This is a ~2500 year old book on history that was criticized right after it came out. It's often viewed as the less serious, less academic, inferior work when compared to Thucydides - the author who provided the template for future historians. For that reason, a modern reader may hesitate to look at it. They should not. It is a wonderful read - the stories are great, the sociological descriptions are wonderful, the deductive analysis (when placed into context) is remarkable. The book's engagement with real world events must be considered, and there are excellent footnotes to discuss it. Ultimately, this is the best and often only source for many of his subjects. As such it is well worth reading and engaging with. Afterwards you will probably spot many, many references to this book through the centuries. The Histories is critical to our modern day understanding of the classical world. I do think that reading it with a map of the ancient world would be helpful if you're not familiar with the landscape, but other than that, just go along with it.
How can we possibly describe Herodotus with the kind of categories presented here by amazon? Impossible Most of the times Herodotus narrates what other people did. Sometimes he describes countries, regions, areas. Sometimes he gives his personal belief and therefore speaks in the first person: I. Everybody should read the Histories by Herodotus. Herodotus was the Father of History. Furthermore, what he narrates shows us that all the problems we are facing in this world right now originated long time ago. Herodotus is the witness. In addition, many stories that have been deemed being lies have been since then proved true. Herodotus always states that for him the stories are or seem far fetched but he relates them to us, faithfully as he has heard them been narrated to him. I wish historians nowadays would be as honest as Herodotus was in his time.
How is it that I have never read this classic. And the notes included with this version were extremely helpful. Herodtus has a great way of telling stories and I like how he jumps from topic to topic while explaining history. I felt like I was at my grandpa's feet hearing about the good old days with some lessons on life thrown in. I should have read this years ago!!!
Great translation. I needed to purchase an ancient world geography book to go with this... but now it's a pleasure reading The Histories which many times are more folk tale - even tall tale - than actual, bonafide history. But often, that's all he had to go on... the stories the Persians were telling themselves... what people who had traveled in Egypt saw, etc. Great quality on the binding, pages, etc.
I thought that reading Herodotus would be daunting, but Mr. Waterfield's translation so far is making it fun to read. The prose is very accessible, which makes this history very intriguing and enjoyable to read. In a nut shell Herodotus writes about the causes of the ancient war between the Greek world and the Persian empire.
Excellent translation -- makes a prodigious work accessible in modern English. Herodotus provides the historical context for much of classical epics & plays, so it is interesting & illuminating. A very useful companion piece -- like the Oxford Companion to Classical Literature.
Herodotus is nothing like I expected. Enjoying it immensely. For being one of the earliest histories written, there is not a boring pages. Reading the Histories is like reading the first journalists who gather information and stories from all over the Mediterranean. The translation makes it very readable. I find myself laughing at the natural comedy of life everyday life each time I pick it up. Herodotus records the many brutal acts of ancient people.
I was surprised to find the Histories to be so readable and enjoyable. I'm not used to thinking of a history book as a page-turner but the last four chapters of the Histories, which describe the Persian wars, were compelling reading. That's not to slight the first five book, which describe the world of Herodotus' time and the rise of the Persian, Egyptian and Greek Empires in fascinating detail.
Despite the rather formal language of the translation, the Histories are very engaging. Herodotus not only illuminates critical details of historical events but enlivens them with anecdotes and legends, some of this likely apocryphal. Rawlinson's translation is very good and his footnotes, despite their age, are outstanding. The best thing is that they are footnotes, not endnotes, so you won't break your fingers constantly flipping to the back of the book.
One critical missing element, however, is a map. A map of the world in Herodotus's time (such as I found online) would really make a lot of the events clearer.
In the time since I have read Herodotus, I have begun to appreciate how his Histories are the cornerstone of a classical education. The Histories are constantly referenced in western literature in everything from the Divine Comedy to the English Patient to Lawrence of Arabia to Ball Four.
If you're trying to give yourself a good foundation in history and western culture, this is the best place to start.