The Histories: The Landmark Herodotus

The Histories The Landmark Herodotus From the editor of the widely praised The Landmark Thucydides a new Landmark Edition of The Histories by Herodotus Cicero called Herodotus the father of history and his only work The Histories is

  • Title: The Histories: The Landmark Herodotus
  • Author: Herodotus Andrea L. Purvis Rosalind Thomas Robert B. Strassler
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the editor of the widely praised The Landmark Thucydides, a new Landmark Edition of The Histories by Herodotus.Cicero called Herodotus the father of history, and his only work, The Histories, is considered the first true piece of historical writing in Western literature With lucid prose, Herodotus s account of the rise of the Persian Empire and its dramatic war witFrom the editor of the widely praised The Landmark Thucydides, a new Landmark Edition of The Histories by Herodotus.Cicero called Herodotus the father of history, and his only work, The Histories, is considered the first true piece of historical writing in Western literature With lucid prose, Herodotus s account of the rise of the Persian Empire and its dramatic war with the Greek city sates set a standard for narrative nonfiction that continues to this day Illustrated, annotated, and filled with maps with an introduction by Rosalind Thomas, twenty one appendices written by scholars at the top of their fields, and a new translation by Andrea L Purvis The Landmark Herodotus is a stunning edition of the greatest classical work of history ever written.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    1. 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 man, democracy is the best. Tyrants and oligarchs suck.3. The Persian Empire is a mighty barbarian nation, but being cowardly, effeminate and slavish, it is eventually defeated by the quarrelsome but brave and civilized Greeks.4. Among the Greeks, the Spartans are the bravest. Gerard Butler with a [...]

    2. 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 drama The 300 Spartans in which a rampantly heterosexual force of Spartans defends freedom, liberty, and all that good stuff from allegedly ferocious yet ineffective, hordes of freedom hating Persians. The appalling, appealing, simplicity of that film is a grave disservice to the genius of Herodotus – already mauled b [...]

    3. 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 who invented it.” ~ R.G. CollingwoodThe prime subject of The Histories is the twenty years (499-479 B.C.E) of war between Greece and Persia for domination of the Greek world, but he intersperses this main narrative with plenty of personal interest stories, “wonders” about firsts and bests, historic [...]

    4. Ἰστορίαι = The Histories, HerodotusThe Histories (Greek: Ἱστορίαι; also known as The History) of Herodotus is now considered the founding work of history in Western literature. Written in 440 BC in the Ionic dialect of classical Greek, The Histories serves as a record of the ancient traditions, politics, geography, and clashes of various cultures that were known in Western Asia, Northern Africa and Greece at that time. Although not a fully impartial record, it remains one of th [...]

    5. I think I would like to invite my 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, but Herodotus could make it and you cannot help admiring him when you read his famous preamble: Herodotus of Halicarnassus here displays his inquiry, so that human achievements may not become forgotten in time, and great and marvellous deeds -- some displayed by Greeks, some by barbarians -- may not be [...]

    6. 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 Persia and the Hellenic city states is what I learned from the movie 300. Thus, The Histories.First: I can't imagine what it would have been like reading these nine books by Herodotus in any format other than this simply amazingly researched and presented volume. The Landmark has to be the final word [...]

    7. 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 remarkable this book would be.This version of the book is the third that I now own – I’ve also got a copy of the Penguin Classics and I’ve just finished listening to this as a talking book. But I am going to make my way through this book eventually, as it is hard to focus on many of the details of [...]

    8. لم تكن تلك فكرتي عن (تاريخ هيرودوت) قبل قراءتي له ، كنت أطنه أكثر علمية من ذاك لكثرة ماتم الإستشهاد به و الرجوع إليه أكاديميا ***حكايات لطيفة و مشوقة على أي حال :) ، و من أكثر حكاياته التي لفتت ناظري حكاية قمبيز مع ملك إثيوبيا ، و (الأمازونيات) كنموذج من النماذج الأنثوية الفريدة ف [...]

    9. دوستانِ گرانقدر، با آنکه زنده یاد «هرودوت» این مورخ نامی، در برخی از اخباری که ارائه نموده، در مورد ایران خصمانه برخورد کرده و در جاهایی نیز نوشته هایش بسیار با واقعیت فاصله دارد، امّا در هر حال میتوان گفت که یکی از کتبِ تاریخی مرجع میباشد که برخی از اخبار و رویدادهایی که نوشت [...]

    10. Wow…. where to start, where to start. Reading the Histories by Herodotus (the Father of History) feels like taking a trip back in time to a world full with wonder and mystery. Central in the story is the great clash between the Greek city states and the mighty Persian Empire, but calling it that is kind of an insult when you consider the massive amount of information, gossip and hearsay that is in the book, there is so much more in this story. Herodotus gives an epic account of the entire (kno [...]

    11. "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 his mother, and one other woman whom he chose out of his household to bake his bread for him."As the British Government bludgeons the nation with its ideologically-driven 'Austerity Budget', note that the ancients had a strategy or two for surviving straitened times themselves. And they managed to pr [...]

    12. “These are the researches of Herodotus of Halicarnassus, which he publishes, in the hope of preserving from decay the remembrance of what men have done, and of preventing the great and wonderful actions of the Greeks and the barbarians from losing their due meed of glory; and withal to put on record what were the grounds of feud.”Herodotus’s reference to his “researches” (sometimes translated “inquiries”) uses the Greek word historie, from which we get “history.” This is the fi [...]

    13. Bir solukta okursunuz, destansı üslubunu seversiniz, başta sayfa sayısı çok gibi gelir, ne zaman bitti anlamazsınız. Yunan-Pers mücadelesi özellikle Leonidas ve Kserkses arası mücadeleleri anlatıldığı bölüm nefisti! Kütüphaneden alarak okudum, Calibromda e kitap olarak var ama en kısa zamanda basılı bir versiyonu da kütüphanemizde olsun isterim. Baş ucu eseri! Ayrıca Müntekim Ökmen'de harika dip notlar hazmış. Kafanız takılınca hızır gibi yetişiyor. Ölmeden [...]

    14. If you are an English speaker there is no reason for you to consider buying any other edition of this text. Brilliantly translated, filled with just the right amount of footnotes, maps and pictures, and there is an appendix for pretty much everything you could think of.

    15. This was way outside of my comfort zone and I doubt if I'd have undertaken it if it hadn't been read as a group read. I went into it without any prior conceptions. I just thought it would be interesting, and it was.A long read and in parts a difficult read as I initially found it challenging to grasp the differing but similar sounding names. (it took some getting used to)However it was interesting, fascinating in parts learning of the cultures, mores, people who challenged and changed the world [...]

    16. Heródoto, con y sin acento | el librero web - ow/xdkQV La originalidad de Heródoto se sustancia en la amenidad de la expedición histórica que propone. No es tan relevante la exactitud de los hechos como la intención de involucrarse en el transcurso de los mismos: ser a la vez testigo y protagonista de una realidad que se convierte en aventura literaria, cercana y tremendamente atractiva.

    17. 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 were boring." But I found the entire book utterly captivating. It's something special to be able to lose yourself in a world that's completely different from your own, that has a rich history of its own with strange characters and stranger frontiers.Herodotus is truly a child of the world, marveling [...]

    18. Although he is the very first historian in Western Civilization, Herodotus has something of a bad reputation for being too gullible. Current critical opinion tends to favor Herodotus's near contemporary, Thucydides, the author of an equally great history of The Peloponnesian War. And yet, as I re-read the earlier book, I was surprised that Herodotus frequently notes that he doesn't always believe what he has been told, but presents it anyhow, if only because the Greek word for "history" is the s [...]

    19. More Infinite Jest than The History of the Peloponnesian War. Honest. Wish I had the Landmark edition at the time. But Oxford does make nice books.

    20. Years ago, I was on jury duty in LA. This was back when jury duty largely consisted of waiting around in a large room each day for a week. I brought along a copy of The Histories (the Rawlinson translation published by Everyman's Library) and found myself engrossed by all the stories, tall tales, gossip, rumors, etc. It's a wonderful panoply that's on offer here! Sure, Herodotus was criticized by many for not writing "facts," but the power of stories is far greater, and he knew it.

    21. A wonderful start for someone looking to ease into classical primary sources. Not as dry or intimidating as Thucydides.

    22. لم أكن أظن بأن الكتاب سيكون مثيرا ليإلا أن كتب التاريخ قديما تشابه كتب أدب الرحلات من حيث وصف الحياة الاجتماعية وطبيعة الحيوانات المدجنة والمستوحشة ونوع الأمر والثمار في كل بلادلذا كان الكتاب ممتعا من حيث تحقيقه لفتا لأنظاري واهتمامي.فيه قصص هي من العجبكقصة الخاتم الثمين ا [...]

    23. "Inquiry" is the proper title of this work, from the Greek ἱστορία, but Herodotus will never be known as "The Father of Inquiries," so I guess he's stuck with the History tag. It is helpful to know that the goal of Herodotus was not strictly an accounting of events -- his primary purpose was to ask questions about remarkable things (including foreign cultures, bizarre landscapes, strange animals, and amazing tales) and report them in a way that might eventually explain the reasons for th [...]

    24. An anthropological and historical survey of Ancient Greece and the Near East26 April Located in the Ancient Agora in Athens, under the reconstructed Stoa (porch) of Herod Atticus, is a bust of what could be considered to be the world's first ever historian. It always fascinates me that in an era long before photography was ever conceived, and the ability to paint was restricted to basic drawings and sketches (if indeed they have survived), that because of the skill and ability of the ancient scu [...]

    25. Herodotus, as advertised, writes with a breezy, conversational, scandalous tone; the Histories can be confusing, and the events related in them are only sometimes of any real interest, but it's fun to just hang out and listen to Herodotus tell stories.That said, if you were to choose to read excerpts instead of the whole, I wouldn't judge you. Over 700 pages, it all starts to run together pretty badly. Book Two is really fun; Books 6 - 8 cover Marathon, Thermopylae, and Salamis, the famous, deci [...]

    26. I absolutely adore this book! It is among my top favorites. What I'm sure most people identify it with, if they can identify it at all, is the movie 300. Yes, this book does relate the first, true story of the 300 Spartans and not with comic pictures. It is one of my favorite stories in this book (there are many: suicidal cats, burning of Athens, Croesus and Solon, etc.), but it is far from the baseness of the horribly inaccurate movie.

    27. I had read this work three times before, always in George Rawlinson’s traditional translation. I wanted to read it at least once more as I listened to the lecture series on Herodotus by Professor Elizabeth Vandiver of Whitman College, a lecture series made available through the Teaching Company via their Great Courses. At Vandiver’s recommendation I used Robin Waterfield’s more recent translation and found it most satisfactory. This edition also contains adequate maps, an essential feature [...]

    28. Herodotus tried to sound objective, but he obviously incorporated a lot of his interpretations into the storytelling. What's refreshing is that his interpretations are based on the criteria of plausibility. He believed things as so because his reasoning concluded that it was the most plausible. Gods still play a part, but what determines the success is human. Some parts of The Histories read Machiavellian, with its political trickery, schemes, manipulations of public sentiments; but for Herodotu [...]

    29. Herodotus was hailed as "The Father of History" by Cicero; To me, he might as well be the Father of Humanism.I've read a few war epics, Homer's Iliad, Hugo's Les Misérables and Tolstoy's War and Peace, The Histories excels them all in terms of scope, structure, richness of content, intricacy and theatrical grandeur. The main theme / storyline is the Persian Wars, i.e the conflicts between the Persian Empire and Greek nations, culminating in the invasion of Greece by Xerces I; the underlying the [...]

    30. Hérodote, ça a été pour moi la porte d'entrée dans le monde de l'antiquitéL'enquête, Livres I à IVL'Enquête. Livres V à IX

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