The Landmark Herodotus: the Histories

The Landmark Herodotus: the Histories

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Edited by Robert B Strassler, Translated by Andrea L Purvis, Introduction by Rosalind Thomas

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  • Publisher: Pantheon Books
  • Format: Hardback | 953 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 243mm x 53mm | 1,688g
  • Publication date: 15 February 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375421092
  • ISBN 13: 9780375421099
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: annotated edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 424,866

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From the editor of the widely praised "The Landmark Thucydides," a new Landmark Edition of "The Histories" by Herodotus, the greatest classical work of history ever written. Herodotus was a Greek historian living in Ionia during the fifth century BCE. He traveled extensively through the lands of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea and collected stories, and then recounted his experiences with the varied people and cultures he encountered. Cicero called him "the father of history," and his only work, "The Histories," is considered the first true piece of historical writing in Western literature. With lucid prose that harks back to the time of oral tradition, Herodotus set a standard for narrative nonfiction that continues to this day. In "The Histories," Herodotus chronicles the rise of the Persian Empire and its dramatic war with the Greek city-states. Within that story he includes rich veins of anthropology, ethnography, geology, and geography, pioneering these fields of study, and explores such universal themes as the nature of freedom, the role of religion, the human costs of war, and the dangers of absolute power. Ten years in the making, "The Landmark Herodotus" gives us a new, dazzling translation by Andrea L. Purvis that makes this remarkable work of literature more accessible than ever before. Illustrated, annotated, and filled with maps, this edition also includes an introduction by Rosalind Thomas and twenty-one appendices written by scholars at the top of their fields, covering such topics as Athenian government, Egypt, Scythia, Persian arms and tactics, the Spartan state, oracles, religion, tyranny, and women. Like "The Landmark Thucydides" before it, "The Landmark Herodotus" is destined to be the most readable and comprehensively useful edition of "The Histories "available.

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Robert B. Strassler is an independent scholar whose articles have appeared in the "Journal of Hellenic Studies." He holds an honorary doctorate of humanities and letters from Bard College and is chairman of the Aston Magna Foundation for Music and the Humanities. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts. Andrea L. Purvis holds a Ph.D. in classical studies from Duke University and has taught in Duke University's department of classical studies. She is author of "Singular Dedications: Founders and Innovators of Private Cults in Classical Greece" and coauthor of "Four Island Utopias." She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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"Praise for THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES ""A magnificent edition of the great historian's "The Peloponnesian War"." --"Los Angeles Times ""Without question, this is the finest edition of Thucydides' history ever produced. It is a treasure." --"The Washington Times ""This is the best book with which to start study of Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War." --Donald Kagan, author of "On the Origins of War "and "Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy ""Thoroughly readable.... Anyone interested in the culture of conflict--political as well as military, contemporary as well as ancient--can learn much from this durable work." --"The Boston Globe ""The editor and his contributors have asked themselves the fundamental question: how can one best present and interpret the work of one of the most fascinating but difficult of ancient authors to a modern audience? They have answered this question brilliantly." --"Classical Quarterly"

Table of contents

Introduction by Rosalind Thomas Editor’s Preface by Robert B. Strassler Translator’s Preface by Andrea L. Purvis Dated Outline of Text Key to Maps BOOK ONE BOOK TWO BOOK THREE BOOK FOUR BOOK FIVE BOOK SIX BOOK SEVEN BOOK EIGHT BOOK NINE Appendix A The Athenian Government in Herodotus, Peter Krentz, Davidson College Appendix B The Spartan State in War and Peace, Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge Appendix C The Account of Egypt: Herodotus Right and Wrong, Alan B. Lloyd, University of Wales Appendix D Herodotean Geography, James Romm, Bard College Appendix E Herodotus and the Black Sea Region, Everett L. Wheeler, Duke University Appendix F Rivers and Peoples of Scythia, Everett L. Wheeler, Duke University Appendix G The Continuity of Steppe Culture, Everett L. Wheeler, Duke University Appendix H The Ionian Revolt, George L. Cawkwell, University College, Oxford Appendix I Classical Greek Religious Festivals, Gregory Crane, Tufts University Appendix J Ancient Greek Units of Currency, Weight, and Distance, Thomas R. Martin, College of the Holy Cross Appendix K Dialect and Ethnic Groups in Herodotus, William F. Wyatt, Brown University Appendix L Aristocratic Families in Herodotus, Carolyn Higbie, State University of New York, Buffalo Appendix M Herodotus on Persia and the Persian Empire, Christopher Tuplin, University of Liverpool Appendix N Hoplite Warfare in Herodotus, J.W. I. Lee, University of California, Santa Barbara Appendix O The Persian Army in Herodotus, J.W. I. Lee, University of California, Santa Barbara Appendix P Oracles, Religion, and Politics in Herodotus, Donald Lateiner, Ohio Wesleyan University Appendix Q Herodotus and the Poets, Andrew Ford, Princeton University Appendix R The Size of Xerxes’ Expeditionary Force, Michael A. Flower, Princeton University Appendix S Trireme Warfare in Herodotus, Nicolle Hirschfeld, Trinity University Appendix T Tyranny in Herodotus, Carolyn Dewald, Bard College Appendix U On Women and Marriage in Herodotus, Carolyn Dewald, Bard College Glossary Ancient Sources Bibliography for the General Reader Figure Credits Index Reference Maps