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Selections from Herodotus

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The writings of Herodotus, historian, observer, and delightful storyteller, have long been favorites among teachers and students of the Greek language. The selections in this book were chosen, says the editor, "to carry out in a single volume the author’s own purpose of describing the course of conflict between the East and West, to reveal his deep conviction that sin and ...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published July 15th 1977 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published 1884)
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Feb 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: greek
Standard school text, hard to beat for an introductory reading of this author. Very good, if somewhat dated, introduction; notes are overall quite helpful and vocabulary offers useful idiomatic definitions of certain words in particular contexts. I plan on using this text next year (2010-2011) in a h.s. advanced Greek class I will be teaching.

One drawback to this edition is that the selections are not correlated with OCT chapter divisions. So if you want to jump from this text to a translation
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Kylie
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
A good intermediate level introduction to the joys of Herodotus. Barbour provides a good choice of selections with useful commentary, lexicon, and notes on idiomatic expressions. The overview of the Ionic dialect is particularly useful for readers (like myself) who are unfamiliar with its idiosyncrasies. Barbour doesn't provide corresponding OCT section numbers, so consulting translations can be bothersome. The introduction is too basic, but a sound enough starting point. Overall, Barbour has pu ...more
Michelle
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barbour's selections were excellent for Greek students just entering the world of real Greek authors. She includes most of the well-known and favorite stories from Herodotus, while splicing out his longer and less relevant (for new readers, at least) passages. The notes in the back were very helpful and she includes a glossary for easy reference. Overall, a very helpful intermediate Greek book.
David
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: greek-roman
Some great selections including his pivotal opening. great commentary.
Jeff
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Nice school text.
Jonathan
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: greek
great commentary, nice selections
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