The Histories by HerodotusOne 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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He is widely considered to have been the first writer to have treated historical subjects using a method of systematic investigation—specifically, by collecting his materials and then critically arranging them into an historiographic narrative. On account of this, he is often referred to as " The Father of History ", a title first conferred on him by the first-century BC Roman orator Cicero. Despite Herodotus' historical significance, little is known about his personal life. His Histories primarily deals with the lives of Croesus , Cyrus , Cambyses , Smerdis , Darius , and Xerxes and the battles of Marathon , Thermopylae , Artemisium , Salamis , Plataea , and Mycale ; however, his many cultural, ethnographical , geographical, historiographical , and other digressions form a defining and essential part of the Histories and contain a wealth of information. Herodotus has been criticized for the fact that his book includes many obvious legends and fanciful accounts. Many authors, starting with the late fifth-century BC historian Thucydides , have accused him of making up stories for entertainment. However, Herodotus states that he is merely reporting what he has been told.
Sometime around the year B. After Herodotus, historical analysis became an indispensable part of intellectual and political life. Herodotus was born in about B. He came from a wealthy and cosmopolitan Greek-Carian merchant family. In the middle of the 6th century B. When he was a young man, Herodotus returned briefly to Halicarnassus to take part in an abortive anti-Persian rebellion. After that, however, the writer never returned to his home city again.
Herodotus , born bce? Scholars believe that Herodotus was born at Halicarnassus , a Greek city in southwest Asia Minor that was then under Persian rule. The precise dates of his birth and death are alike uncertain.
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Figuring out the fantastic
Herodotus of Halicarnassus was a fifth-century BCE Hellenic traveler and thinker, a student of human beings in all our variety. In part, Herodotus traces the growth of the Persian empire itself as well as the history of the Greeks.
Herodotus ca. In the lifetime of Herodotus the writing of history, and indeed of prose of any sort, was still something of a novelty. The earliest writings in prose had been the work of a group of Greek intellectuals from the Ionian cities of Asia Minor who, from about B. However, at this early date there were as yet few clear-cut distinctions between the various disciplines, and historical writing included much that today would be regarded rather as the concern of the geographer, the anthropologist, or the economist. Herodotus was heir to this tradition, and he was greatly influenced by his few predecessors, and especially by the ablest of them, Hecataeus of Miletus. Little is known of Herodotus's life beyond what can be deduced from his writings.