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The Man Who Invented History by Justin Marozzi
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Mar 14, 2011

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An interesting tour around the eastern Mediterranean by an historian retracing the steps of Herodotus.
The author has a few annoying habits, including a rather old-fashioned attitude to women, who tend to be described and judged first and foremost in terms of their attractiveness regardless of their qualifications or what they have to say. He also indulges himself in both florid prose and pointless imaginings, trying to describe scenes of Herodotus' private life about which he can't possibly know anything. He's also keen to describe almost everything he sees as "very Herodotean", as if Herodotus created the world rather than simply writing about it.
On the other hand the material comparing countries and relationships now with how they were in Herodotus' day works very well, especially on Babylon/Iraq and Greco-Turkish tensions. And of course the main success of the book is that it makes me want to take my copy of the Histories off the shelf and actually get round to reading it (as well as seeking out something by Patrick Leigh Fermor, who Marozzi meets on his travels).

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