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 Professor in Greek History and Dyson and McGregor Fellow in Ancient History Rosalind Thomas

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  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 953 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 231mm x 46mm | 1,451g
  • Publication date: 2 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1400031141
  • ISBN 13: 9781400031146
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: annotated edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps, figures
  • Sales rank: 49,033

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From the editor of the widely praised "The Landmark Thucydides," a new Landmark Edition of "The Histories" by Herodotus.Cicero called Herodotus "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, Herodotus's account of the rise of the Persian Empire and its dramatic war with the Greek city sates set a standard for narrative nonfiction that continues to this day. Illustrated, annotated, and filled with maps--with an introduction by Rosalind Thomas, twenty-one appendices written by scholars at the top of their fields, and a""new translation by Andrea L. Purvis--The Landmark Herodotus is a stunning edition of the greatest classical work of history ever written.

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Bob Strassler, a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, is the president of Riverside Capital Management Corp., and an unaffiliated scholar whose articles have appeared in the" Journal of Hellenic Studies." He received an honorary degree as Doctor of Humanities and Letters from Bard College in 1996. A viola da gamba musician, he is the chairman of the Aston Magna Foundation for Music and the Humanities.Andrea L. Purvis received her Ph.D. in Classical Studies from Duke University in 1998 and teaches in Duke University's Department of Classical Studies.

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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" "From the Hardcover edition."

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