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Herodotus A Very Short Introduction Very Short IntroductionsHerodotus has come to be respected by most scholars as a responsible and important historian Herodotus was both a critical thinker and a lively storyteller a traveller who was both tourist and anthropologist Like Homer he set out to memorialize great deeds in words;narrowly he determined to discover the causes of the wars between Greece and Persia and to explain them to his fellow GreeksIn his hands the Greeks unforeseeable defeat of the Persian kings Darius and Xerxes with their vast hosts made for fascinating storytelling Influenced by the work of the natural scientists and philosophers of his This is a highly readable judicious treatment of Herodotus The author emphasizes Herodotus as a liminal figure appearing at the transitionary stage between lyric epic and works of prose; between a mainly oral culture and that of a literal mindset; between East and West; between folklore and hard history In the face of charges against Herodotus that he doesn't merit the honor of being called a historian she promotes the idea that Herodotus was the inventor of the docudramaa final product that even if embellished with all sorts of folktale and legends does faithfully present the history of its main topicthe Persian Wars With regard to that endeavor she argues correctly in my opinion that Herodotus undertook painstaking research and all the while exhibited the reuired skepticism of the true historian The book is very well written and I enjoyed the author's enthusiasm for her subject Like Herodotus himself there is nothing dry in her own prose or presentation On a final note one of my favorite modern day histories is that on the American Civil War by Shelby Foote Like Herodotus' Histories his own history is painstakingly researched but also reads like a great story book For that reason I was able to engage with his work than any other history I have read To present the facts is one thing but to present it in an engaging form that will keep the reader as interested in the last page as in the first page takes the art of history onto an higher plane

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Nterest in seeing the world and learning about non Greek civilizations We also explore the recurring themes of his work his beliefs in dreams oracles and omens the prominence of women in his workand his account of the battles of the Persian WarsABOUT THE SERIES The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area These pocket sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject uickly Our expert authors combine facts analysis perspective new ideas and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readabl A friend of mine had this on her coffee table and I read parts of it It's fine for what it is but the original Herodotus is better I recommend the Landmark Herodotus The Landmark series of books greatly aid the non specialist to read the great works of antiuity

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PDF Æ BOOK Herodotus A Very Short Introduction ó [Ebook] ➠ Herodotus: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Author Join or create book clubs – Eyltransferservices.co.uk Herodotus has come to be respected by most scholars as a responsible and important historian Herodotus was both a critical thinker and a Own and earlier eras Herodotus also brought his literary talents to bear on a vast unruly mass of information gathered from many interviews throughout his travels and left behind him the longest work that had ever been written in Greek the first work of history and onewhich continues to be read with enjoyment todayHerodotus A Very Short Introduction introduces readers to what little is known of Herodotuss life and goes on to discuss all aspects of his work including his fascination with his origins; his travels; his view of the world in relation to boundaries and their transgressions; and his i Turns out that despite the difficulty of working through translators Herodotus did a pretty damn fair job of getting the message right God the Greeks were great We ignore them at our peril