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  • Paperback: 953 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Books; Reprint edition (2 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400031141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400031146
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 4.2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 522,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the editor of the widely praised The Landmark Thucydides, here is a new Landmark edition of The Histories by Herodotus, the greatest classical work of history. Herodotus was a Greek historian living in Ionia during the fifth century B.C.E. He travelled extensively through the lands of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea and collected stories, and then recounted his experiences with the varied people and cultures he encountered. Cicero called him “the father of history”, and his only work, The Histories, is considered the first true piece of historical writing in Western literature. With lucid prose that harks back to the time of oral tradition, Herodotus set a standard for narrative nonfiction that continues to this day. In The Histories, Herodotus chronicles the rise of the Persian Empire and its dramatic war with the Greek city-states. Within that story he includes rich veins of anthropology, ethnography, geology, and geography, pioneering these fields of study, and explores such universal themes as the nature of freedom, the role of religion, the human costs of war, and the dangers of absolute power. Ten years in the making, The Landmark Herodotus gives us a new, dazzling translation by Andrea L. Purvis that makes this remarkable work of literature more accessible than ever before. Illustrated, annotated, and filled with maps, this edition also includes an introduction by Rosalind Thomas and twenty-one appendices written by scholars at the top of their fields, covering such topics as Athenian government, Egypt, Scythia, Persian arms and tactics, the Spartan state, oracles, religion, tyranny, and women. Like The Landmark Thucydides before it, The Landmark Herodotus is destined to be the most readable and comprehensively useful edition of The Histories available.

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Praise for The Landmark Thucydides: “A magnificent edition of the great historian's The Peloponnesian War” Los Angeles Times “Without question, this is the finest edition of Thucydides' history ever produced. It is a treasure” The Washington Times “This is the best book with which to start study of Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War” Donald Kagan, author of On the Origins of War and Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy “Thoroughly readable … Anyone interested in the culture of conflict - political as well as military, contemporary as well as ancient - can learn much form this durable work” The Boston Globe “The editor and his contributors have asked themselves the fundamental question: how can one best present and interpret the work of one of the most fascinating but difficult of ancient authors to a modern audience? They have answered this question brilliantly” Classical Quarterly

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on 3 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
Herodotus is often called the first historian. His book is mostly an account of the wars between Persia and the Greek City-States in the Fifth Century BC. It also includes an account of the history of the world (At least Greece and the Middle East) up till that point as well as comments on the customs of various peoples. The section on the Persian Wars is very compelling since he wrote about them at a point in time where he could still talk to people who witnessed these events. The first half of the book is rather more hit and miss, being mostly a collection of myths about various regions passed off as truth. The book is probably at its most fascinating when it's dealing with his descriptions of various cultures. Some of these observations are fascinating indeed. At its best these parts of the book read like a travel guide through the ancient world. A common complaint about Herodotus is his tendency to go off on long tangents. That is something that you will either love or hate. For my part I love it. I often find these side points more interesting than the main topic.

Now for the book itself. Without a doubt this book is the best copy of Herodotus found anywhere. It includes an excellent new translation that reads very naturally. The biggest advantage of this edition is that it is filled with maps, diagrams and annotations by historians to explain unclear statements and fill in background knowledge. A lot of these notes are quite useful in understanding Herodotus since society has changed so much in two and a half millenia. The only downside is that (at least in the printing I got) the pages were messed up. The paper used is very thin and tears and creases easily and when they were printed and cut many were folded or crumpled leaving the text somewhat messed up. Apart from that problem (which may well be fixed by now) it was very good.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Howardayoung on 19 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book, not least because of the accompanying information, maps, appendices and photos of artifacts that all swell the readers understanding of the locations and context of this fantastic writer.

It is ideal for novices and experts alike, with very modern translation that has been painstakingly researched.

This is about as good as it gets. Its not very portable though!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A customer VINE VOICE on 19 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
One of the problems with Herodotus is that there are numerous locations metioned inhis books and one has to constantly use a reference atlas to fully understand the chapter.

This great volume has solved the problem by adding superb black and white maps to every couple of pages with all the locations mentioned in the chapter ,along with drawings and ,when possible ,BW photographs.

The book has also a useful glosary and dictionary and full referrences.

The volume is printed in high quality paper and the cover is very nice, it feels far more expensive than it really is.

5 stars
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Books like this are one reason why I have decided not to buy an eReader.

I tend to buy the best editions of books because I appreciate them as much for their pure aesthetics as their content. This book, and indeed this series, are simply beautiful objects in their own right.

Each page it seems is lavished with notes written in the margin as well as diagrams and maps to give the classics student a better understanding of the events on the narrative. If I were at university studying Herodotus I would want this book simply as a reference, and buy a cheap copy for note taking.

Th print quality is excellent and the paper has a good feel and is not too thin.

Highly Recommended
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William on 24 Feb. 2010
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I had attempted to listen to this as an audiobook and found it quite difficult, so decided to go for this edition of the printed version, and I am truly glad I did. If you are interested in reading Herodotus then you really have to treat yourself to this edition. The very many helps make all the references Herodotus makes to places and people so much more easier to follow. Excellent, truly excellent.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Ewing on 20 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
juat as described in the advert, a most interesting book all the better for the way that the maps relate to the paragraphs.
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