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The Cambridge Companion to Herodotus

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Popularly known as the 'Father of History', Herodotus is the first major prose writer in the history of Western literature whose work has survived in full. At a time when the ancient Greeks' knowledge of the past relied on orally transmitted memories, he was a pioneering historical practitioner who explored the interplay of myth and history and the role of narrative in his ...more
Paperback, 378 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Cambridge University Press (first published March 1st 2006)
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Liz
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
3.5 stars, for being mostly useful but probably more academic than I was looking for.
Bentley
Oct 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
An Armchair Companion

"Arnaldo Momigliano remarked of Herodotus nearly forty years ago that 'the secrets of his workshop are not yet all out', and this is still the case; paradoxically, new approaches to the ancient world and to the writing of history in general have shown more clearly how little we understand the genesis of this great work and Herodotus' own accomplishment."

-- The Cambridge Companion to Herodotus (Cambridge Companions to Literature series)


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Joshua Lister
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a collection of essays from various scholars. Many of them are very good and helpful for appreciating why Herodotus's Histories is a masterpiece. ...more
Mateen Ar
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The essay 'Herodotus and Persia' by Flower showcases more questions than giving an answer to anything at all. The essay seemed void of any new information and most of what I read from it was already evident from having read Herodotus. I did enjoy the bibliography and the long list of sources, as that was probably the most helpful information I found.

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Unequivocally great! If you read one commentary on Herodotus - for breadth and depth - make it this one.
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