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This review is from: The Histories (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)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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This review is from: The Histories (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)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.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Father of History has something for everyone,
This review is from: The Histories (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)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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