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Herodotus 1-2

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Herodotus the great Greek historian was born about 484 BCE, at Halicarnassus in Caria, Asia Minor, when it was subject to the Persians. He travelled widely in most of Asia Minor, Egypt (as far as Assuan), North Africa, Syria, the country north of the Black Sea, and many parts of the Aegean Sea and the mainland of Greece. He lived, it seems, for some time in Athens, and in ...more
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Published January 1st 1920 by Loeb Classical Library
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Jordan
Aug 04, 2013 Jordan rated it really liked it
Herodotus is the "father of history"... or the "father of lies" depending on who you ask. Personally I prefer to think that someone really did escape pirates by riding a dolphin to safety and that people often served their guests their own sons for dinner. The first book was full of crazy and probably some history snuck in there too. The second book, which focused mainly on Egypt got a little more bogged down in these pesky things called "facts". How boring. But Herodotus did go on a little bit ...more
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Aug 17, 2013 Roisin rated it it was amazing
If you like ancient history and want to read what was written about the people of North/East Africa, the Greek, and Roman World then read Herodotus. He travelled around such places as Egypt, Asia Minor, North Africa, and Syria and learned about customs, tales, myths and the history of these and neighbouring lands and people. His history books feature the warfare between the Greeks and the Persians too. If you have seen 'The English Patient', the tale of the Lydian ruler Candaules and his dare to ...more
Ron Irwin
Jul 13, 2008 Ron Irwin rated it it was amazing
My favorite quotes of all

"I write these words so that future generations shall not forget th heroic and cowardly actions of those generations before."

"War is the most unnatural action of man, for in peace sons bury their fathers and in war fathers bury sons"

"Candules, you have things that are not proper"

"Judge no man lucky until he is dead."

Nathan
Feb 07, 2015 Nathan rated it it was amazing
There's a famous scene in The English Patient which retells an anecdote from Herodotus. That anecdote is taken from the first twenty pages. No, I don't think the screenwriter got much farther than that.
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Herodotus was the father of history. This is the first ever history book of the ancient years.
I'm reading it every Summer! It is one of my greatest pleasures...
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Herodotus (/hɨˈrɒdətəs/; Ancient Greek: Ἡρόδοτος Hēródotos) 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" (first conferred by Cicero), as well as "The Father of Lies" (first conferred by Voltaire). He was the first historian known to collect his material ...more
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