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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest texts ever!
This is essential reading for students of history, anthropology, and Hellenic events in general. Herodotus brings colour to his voyages to various parts of the ancient world, making this one of the best historical books ever. Just get it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Herodotus is great, this translation is not
Herodotus' is not known as "The Father of History" and his "Histories" is arguably one of the greatest books of all time.
Part historiographer, part travel writer, Herodotus touches on all manner of subjects, at times humourous, at times in pain-staking detail and at times tragic.
Unfortunately, Selincourt's translation does not do Herodotus justice. He fails...
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Herodotus is great, this translation is not, 7 May 2002
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This review is from: The Histories (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
Herodotus' is not known as "The Father of History" and his "Histories" is arguably one of the greatest books of all time.
Part historiographer, part travel writer, Herodotus touches on all manner of subjects, at times humourous, at times in pain-staking detail and at times tragic.
Unfortunately, Selincourt's translation does not do Herodotus justice. He fails to capture the excitement of the Greek text, or Herodotus' often incredulous or gossipy style.
The text is dry and is written as one would write a history book today (or even perhaps, 50 years ago) rather than translated to convey the style in which it was written. It contains few significant inaccuracies but sticks fairly closely to the Hude's text.
I would reccommend Robin Waterfield's 1999 translation in the Oxford World Classics series. Here a consistant attempt has been made to capture Herodotus' spirit which suceeds marvellously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest texts ever!, 14 Mar 2002
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This review is from: The Histories (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
This is essential reading for students of history, anthropology, and Hellenic events in general. Herodotus brings colour to his voyages to various parts of the ancient world, making this one of the best historical books ever. Just get it!
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