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The Persian War (Translations from Greek & Roman Authors)

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Selections from Herodotus' History which follow the events of the great war between the Greeks and the Persians. The translated extracts include Herodotus' descriptions of the preparations for war and of the great land- and sea-battles which took place. Linking commentaries explain Greek and Persian strategies and battle manoeuvres. Background information on the ships and ...more
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Published by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 1942)
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Erik Graff
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'd enjoyed Thucydides in college but had avoided Herodotus because he was not cited as being as reliable as a source. Applying for work at a great books college which required Herodotus, however, got me to read the thing and it turned out to be much, much more interesting than expected.

While Thucydides comes across as a recognizable historian, Herodotus comes across as an elderly, well-travelled storyteller. Many of his accounts, including his explanation of the ultimate causes of the Persian W
Oct 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is one of the greatest gems of antiquity—a treasure trove of story piled upon enticing story which is a pure delight to read. The themes are rich, the drama engrossing, and the twists and turns full of irony, and often humor. To be sure, Herodotus' fondness for storytelling frequently gets the better of him; his digressions are many, and infamous for their multilayered depth. But once you get used to it, and provided you take a decent set of notes as you read (or an index of names at t ...more
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Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awesome story about the rise of the Persian empire and the epic heroism of the Greeks in defending their homeland. Although Herodotus exaggerates a lot, it makes the story interesting so long as you take what he says with a grain of salt. I liked how this story offered an exciting new perspective on biblical era history.
Rich Hasler
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was the second time for me and this remains one of my favorite books of all time. It provides incredible insights into the ancient world that gave rise to the one we live in. Not much ever changes. It is full of sex, violence and other things to nasty to mention. I never found it dull. While I loved Thucydides and Xenophon, the Persian Wars remains the most compelling of the three.
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Very thorough. Good description of life then.
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
It was ok. I'm a total douche for having nothing but that to say about Herodotus. Admitted. I know a bit more about things, but it wasn't much fun. Douche cred achieved x 10.
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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 ...more