By Herodotus, A. D. Godley

Herodotus the good Greek historian used to be born approximately 484 BCE, at Halicarnassus in Caria, Asia Minor, while it used to be topic to the Persians. He travelled broadly in such a lot of Asia Minor, Egypt (as some distance as Assuan), North Africa, Syria, the rustic north of the Black Sea, and lots of elements of the Aegean Sea and the mainland of Greece. He lived, it kind of feels, for your time in Athens, and in 443 went with different colonists to the recent urban Thurii (in South Italy), the place he died approximately 430. He was once 'the prose correlative of the bard, a narrator of the deeds of genuine males, and a describer of distant places' (Murray). Herodotus's well-known historical past of conflict among the Greeks and the Persians has an epic dignity which boosts his pleasant variety. It comprises the increase of the Persian strength and an account of the Persian empire; an outline and background of Egypt; and a protracted digression at the geography and customs of Scythia. Even within the later books at the assaults of the Persians opposed to Greece there are digressions. All is so much unique and produces a grand solidarity. After own inquiry and examine of rumour and different proof, Herodotus offers us a no longer uncritical estimate of the simplest that he may possibly locate. The Loeb Classical Library version of Herodotus is in 4 volumes.

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