The Histories

The Histories

Book - 1997
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Herodotus is not only the father of the art and the science of historical writing but also one of the Western tradition's most compelling storytellers. In tales such as that of Gyges--who murders Candaules, the king of Lydia, and unsurps his throne and his marriage bed, thereby bringing on, generations later, war with the Persians--he laid bare the intricate human entanglements at the core of great historical events. In his love for the stranger, more marvelous facts of the world, he infused his magnificent history with a continuous awareness of the mythic and the wonderful.

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Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, c1997
ISBN: 9780375400612
0375400613
9781857152340
1857152344
Characteristics: xliii, 772 p. : 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Rawlinson, George 1812-1902

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barkisaz
Dec 16, 2017

Absolutely fun!
The Egyptian priests win the tall tale award.

Aw_19 May 10, 2016

Herodotus may be the father of the study of history, but he's first and foremost a story teller.

Yes, this work is long. And at times Herodotus verge on the verbose, but I found his work (and this translation in particular) to be thoroughly enjoyable. He can spin you a yarn of a tale.

This is a classic that you will actually enjoy reading.

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