The history of Herodotus — Volume 1

The history of Herodotus Volume This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers You may find it for free on the web Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery

  • Title: The history of Herodotus — Volume 1
  • Author: Herodotus G.C. Macaulay
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  • Page: 144
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  • This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers You may find it for free on the web Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Herodotus G.C. Macaulay

    Herodotus was an ancient Greek historian who was born in Halicarnassus, Caria modern day Bodrum, Turkey and lived in the fifth century BCE c 484 425 BCE He has been called The Father of History , as well as The Father of Lies He was the first historian known to collect his materials systematically, test their accuracy to a certain extent, and arrange them in a well constructed and vivid narrative The Histories his masterpiece and the only work he is known to have produced is a record of his inquiry or histor a, a word that passed into Latin and acquired its modern meaning of history , being an investigation of the origins of the Greco Persian Wars and including a wealth of geographical and ethnographical information Although some of his stories were fanciful and others inaccurate, he claimed he was reporting only what had been told to him Little is known of his personal history.It was not until the time of Herodotus that gods began to have less influence upon history that was written, yet it was still implied because of the largely accepted view of the Greeks and the expectations that they may have had of how The Histories would be written History was becoming of a knowledge rather than an amusement Because of Herodotus wanting people to accept what he had to write, he implemented stories that may have not directly correlated to gods, but rather implemented the idea that miracles or supernatural events took place As was the story of Arion and the dolphin While on a boat the men found out that Arion, who was a musician, was worth lots of money and decided to have him killed The crew gave him two options, that either he jump ship or they kill him on the spot Arion flung himself into the water and a dolphin carried him to shore.Herodotus was concerned with putting pleasure before knowledge, unless he did not believe that the gods had a dramatic influence on history and was rather just trying to please his audience Like the story of the king having his servant look upon his naked wife, and when spotting him hiding, asked him to kill her husband 78 This, like many stories of Herodotus, are told in great detail, and for the simplicity of dramatic effect This refers back to the way bards used to tell their poems or stories to their audience Herodotus was accused by many because of such detailed accounts, and even called a liar by some In his writing we can already see that there was no direct association with gods.


  • In Volume 1, the reader is taken through the history of Egypt and the near east. Herodotus cites his sources and expresses his disbelief at some of the history that he is told, but he relates everything as he has seen it himself or heard it from each of the peoples that he researches. An essential read for those interested in the history of Europe, Northern Africa and the Near East.

  • (Translation version by George Rawlinson, book one, Clio)The first book dealt with the origin of Greco-Persian War, which started around 499 BC, possibly still within living memory during Herodotus’ own lifetime. Historians think this book is written around 440 BC. The immediately useful insight from reading this first book is to see the human life pattern in contrast with that of Bible’s narrative. Raiding parties, slave trades of conquests, consultation of oracles, beliefs in revelations i [...]

  • Herodotus's skepticism of the supernatural and received tradition make him a trustworthy teller of ancient Mediterranean political history; his frequent digressions make for a sometimes colorful, if noticably long, read.

  • This is fantastic historical information written in a quite engaging way. I have to admit though, and I did not realize an historical work really needed one, there is no real start nor end to it. A kills B kills C kills D etc. By the end - when a persian mutilated himself as part of a ruse for Darius to retake Babylon, I had had my fill. While i do not regret starting and finishing this, i will not be reading volumes 2 or 3 anytime soon. Which is a pity, because there is so much drama and lore l [...]

  • Everything that has ever happened has already happened. Oh and what better could a woman want than to see her sons die in battle while they're still young and pretty?

  • There was the nagging sensation that I probably should be reading a better translation than the free out-of-print one on the Kindle. I think I'll try someone else for the second half.

  • Worth reading!A very good look at mankind in general. Even back then men wanted and strived for the same things. Well written and easy to understand for the most part.

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