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The Histories (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 5 Mar 1998

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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (5 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192824252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192824257
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.8 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sally Wilton VINE VOICE on 7 Aug. 2007
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A book to dip into and to return to again and again. Having seen the film 300 and become interested in the background to the Persian wars I am fascinated to read further. Xerxes is my particular interest. He managed to muster together a fighting force of 2.5 million soldiers with an additional entourage of another 2.5 million people, no wonder rivers ran dry when this army passed through. The stories describe each of the regiments including their uniform. The Ethiopians wore a horses scalp including mane and ears instead of a helmet, Xerxes himself was the most handsome and tallest of all men in the army and covered his body in gold. The planned attack took 5 years to organise and the force included a massive fleet of ships. There are philosphical quotes, cruel acts, vivid descriptions, everything you could want and more. Great holiday reading, dont feel this is not for you - anyone would like these tales.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 July 1999
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If you ever slightly suspected you might be interested in ancient history, esp. Greek. START HERE. Herodotus is humourous, anecdotal, moving, informative,involving & never boring. It kept me going for months, & I will keep on going back. So what if he's not always totally accurate...
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Herodotus's The Histories is an immense trove of knowledge. He is often given the handle Father of History as his pioneering work help set the stage for the field of historians. The Histories tell the story of the Greek and Persian Wars. This is the first and only surviving history by a ancient writer about the Greco-Persian Wars. We wouldn't have details about the Spartan last stand at Thermopylai or the Greek victories at Marathon, Salamis, and Plataia without Herodotus. But, the scope of The Histories does not stop there. It gives the story of many peoples and events that connect the dots to give a complete background of the conflict. The Histories covers the following:

*Croesus the last king of Lydia and their defeat to the Persians including the reasons for the conflict
*History of the Medes and how they came under Persian power
*Persia's development into an empire under Cyrus
*The History, Geography, Customs of Egypt
*Some insights into the Trojan War
*The Persian conquest of Egypt
*The Persian failed attempt to conquer the Scythians
*The History, Geography, Customs of Scythia
*The events leading up to the revolt of the Ionians
*The quashing of the Ionian Rebellion
*The Persian defeat at Marathon
*The second Persian invasion and defeat in Greece

Herodotus's style may put off some readers. As he is describing one storyline, he drifts into related topics to provide background. So it takes patience or a love the subject to truly enjoy Herodotus. What I found most interesting is how he presents the various sides of a story. He will describe the differences in what various parties say is the truth and then provide his opinion on which is correct.

This is a must have for anyone interested in Greek or Persian history or even later Egyptian history.
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By Jim on 25 Feb. 2014
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As a student of Ancient Greece, it would be presumptuous for me to comment on Herodotus. I can only say that this is a must for any student of Ancient History. I would also suggest that a superb back-up to this book is that of Tom Holland - "Persian Fire". Some of the gaps left by the 'wanderings' of Herodotus, are very well filled in by Holland.
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By Panagiotis Pavlos on 24 April 2014
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The book is in perfect condition even it is a second hand. The translation is amazing. I am Greek and I read the English translation!
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