The Landmark Herodotus: the Histories (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Landmark Herodotus From the editor of the widely praised "The Landmark Thucydides" comes a new edition the "The Histories," a readable and comprehensively useful edition to the classical work. Purvis clarifies the text with illustrations, annotations, and maps along with essays written by history scholars. 17,500
- Published: 15 February 2008
- Format: Hardback 953 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780375421099 ISBN 10: 0375421092
- Sales rank: 390,506
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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.