On the War for Greek Freedom: Selections from The Histories
Designed for students with little or no background in ancient Greek language, history, and culture, this new abridgment presents those selections that comprise Herodotus’ historical narrative. These are meticulously annotated, and supplemented with a chronology of the Archaic Age, Historical Epilogue, glossary of main characters and places, index of proper names, and maps.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published March 15th 2003 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
(first published March 2003)
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This was a nice, stream-lined, approach to Herodotus. In the full text there are large sections going into detailed descriptions of things like the gifts Croesus sent to the Oracle at Delphi or the layout of the Egyptian coastline and, while I think these things are important, for someone looking to grasp the basic themes of Herodotus this would be a good introduction to his work. The translation is smooth and easy to follow and the footnotes are sparse, but informative. The reduction in content...more