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5.0 out of 5 stars The Father of History has something for everyone, 19 April 2012
This review is from: The Histories (Penguin 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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