The Histories

The Histories

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One of the masterpieces of classical literature, the "Histories" describes how a small and quarrelsome band of Greek city states united to repel the might of the Persian empire. But while this epic struggle forms the core of his work, Herodotus' natural curiosity frequently gives rise to colorful digressions - a description of the natural wonders of Egypt; an account of European lake-dwellers; and far-fetched accounts of dog-headed men and gold-digging ants. With its kaleidoscopic blend of fact and legend, the "Histories" offers a compelling Greek view of the world of the fifth century BC.

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  • Paperback | 784 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 38.1mm | 272.15g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • bibliog , chronology, notes, glossary
  • 0140449086
  • 9780140449082
  • 4,136

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De Selincourt s pacy, natural-sounding, rendering, as superbly revised and annotated by John Marincola was a game-changer still reads freshly and is a bestseller six decades after its first publication. --Edith Hall, Times Literary Supplement"

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About Herodotus

A Greek historian, Herodotus (c.485-425 BC) left his native town of Halicarnassus, a Greek colony, to travel extensively. He collected historical, geographical, ethnological, mytholgical and archaeological material for his histories. Aubrey de Selincourt has translated Livy, Herodotus and Arrian, all for Penguin Classics. John Marincola is Associate Professor of Classics at New York University.

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