The Histories

The Histories

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Herodotus, Translated by Aubrey De Selincourt, Revised by John M. Marincola

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  • Format: Paperback | 784 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 38mm | 558g
  • Publication date: 23 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140449086
  • ISBN 13: 9780140449082
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Illustrations note: bibliog , chronology, notes, glossary
  • Sales rank: 3,993

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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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Author information

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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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"

Table of contents

The HistoriesPreface Introduction 1. Herodotus' Life and Work 2. The Subject-Matter of The Histories 3. Herodotus' sources and Metho Histories 4. Structure and Themes in The Histories 5. Herodotus' Later Reputation Further Reading A Note on the Text Maps Herodotus The Histories Book One Book Two Book Three Book Four Book Five Book Six Book Seven Book Eight Book Nine Glossary Structural Outline Chronology Abbreviations Notes Index