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Herodotus is great, this translation is not,
By A Customer
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.