The Histories

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 Eu...

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Title:The Histories
Author:Herodotus
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ISBN:0140449086
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:716 pages

The Histories Reviews

  • Lazarus P Badpenny Esq
    Mar 15, 2009
    "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 ...
  • 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 remarkable this book would be.This version of the book is the third that I now own – I’ve al...
  • umberto
    Aug 20, 2009
    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, but Herodotus could make it and you can't help admiring him when you read his famous preamble, "He...
  • Grace Tjan
    Jan 18, 2010
    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 barbari...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Jul 28, 2011
    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. Collingwood The prime subject of The Histories is the twenty years (4...
  • Brian
    May 10, 2013
    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...
  • Huda Aweys
    Aug 25, 2013
    لم تكن تلك فكرتي عن (تاريخ هيرودوت) قبل قراءتي له ، كنت أطنه أكثر علمية من ذاك لكثرة ماتم ?...
  • Beth
    Mar 09, 2017
    “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 r...
  • Jan-Maat
    Sep 04, 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 drama The 300 Spartans in which a rampantly heterosexual force of Spartans defends freedom, liberty, and all that good st...
  • peiman-mir5 rezakhani
    Jul 03, 2016
    دوستانِ گرانقدر، با آنکه زنده یاد «هرودوت» این مورخ نامی، در برخی از اخباری که ارائه نم...