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5.0 out of 5 stars Still reading this one into the small hours..., 1 Mar 2010
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This review is from: The Man Who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus (Paperback)
I heard about this book by chance when the author was interviewed on Radio 4, and as a self-confessed addict of history and travel-literature and belated convert to the genius of Herodotus' `The Histories' I felt I had to read this book that aims to follow in the footsteps of the man himself.

To say that Marozzi doesn't disappoint would be an understatement - this superb book positively fizzes with the excitement of discovering new things and unearthing the past as the author travels to modern-day Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and Greece. It is not just a book about Herodotus - it's a book about travel and history, and in true Herodotean style there are a number of fascinating diversions on the way. Like `The Histories', this is a book that once started cannot be put down - I found myself still reading it at three in the morning, always the sign of a very good book!

I await Marozzi's next book with eager anticipation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The landscapes of history, 12 Feb 2010
This review is from: The Man Who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus (Paperback)
I could not put this book down. It's a wonderful read (which is to be expected from a John Murray travel title) and, for any lover of Herodotus, a feast. In the true spirit of 'historie' - ancient Greek for 'enquiry' - Justin Marozzi follows in the master's footsteps. He pursues his investigations from war-torn Iraq to the Peloponnesian hideaway of Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, via Egyptian self-immolating cats, Count Lazlo de Almasy, (inspiration for the hero of 'The English Patient') and Cambyses' lost army, and the strange desert oasis of Siwa. It's brilliant stuff: funny, touching and compelling. Marozzi neatly inserts his points; he doesn't overstate comparisons that can be made between the classical C5th BC & our latter-day world, but in his introduction he quotes the haunting last words of the replicant at the close of Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner' to illustrate how the mission of the historian is to make sure the past is not forgotten, 'lost in time'.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Herodotus, 13 Nov 2009
This review is from: The Man Who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus (Paperback)
I purchased this book to supplement "Travels with Herodotus" by Ryszard Kapuaeciñski. That book was a very personised account of the Polish journalist's encounter with the Greek 'Father of History'. This book is more of a study of Herodotus' work (in translation), and as such provides interest to historians and classicists alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the man who invented history: travels with Herodotus, 29 Dec 2009
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Very enjoyable read. The autor brings history so much to life by fusing the past with the present. I also like his sense of humour. Herodotus would be proud to read a book like this making him the main character in a saga that is as much the present as the past.
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