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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous introduction to the classical Greek world, 25 May 2003
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This review is from: The World of Herodotus (Paperback)
Herodotus is such an approachable writer that he hardly needs a guide, but I'm really happy I picked this book up on a whim. The title is too narrow for the content: much more than just a companion to Herodotus' "Histories", it's a terrific introduction, and love song to, ancient Greek life, culture, and history.

Selincourt shares with Herodotus a humane, open-minded, but un-romanticized view of his subjects. The writing and scholarship is pleasingly old-fashioned: this is a reprint from 1962, and the author was born in 1896. The arrangement of the chapters is a bit eccentric, many are self-contained essays on various regions and aspects of the period that are rewarding to read on their own-- a good book to dip in and out. It's worth the price just for the author's beautiful translations of passages of classical poetry. His selection from the "Iliad" is so simple and evocative it seems a real shame he never attempted a translation of the entire piece.

I'm not qualified to judge "The World of Herodotus" on its scholarship, but this is easily one of the most readable and inspiring history books I've read. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book, 24 Jan. 2014
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Having read a straight translation from the Ancient Greek into English, I found this version far more understandable, informative and therefore enjoyable. I believe it highlighted certain historical points that I would either have missed in the straight translation or would perhaps not have been included.
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