The Histories

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A.A. Knopf, 1997 - 772 Seiten
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Herodotus is not only the father of the art and the science of historical writing but also one of the Western tradition's most compelling storytellers. In tales such as that of Gyges—who murders Candaules, the king of Lydia, and unsurps his throne and his marriage bed, thereby bringing on, generations later, war with the Persians—he laid bare the intricate human entanglements at the core of great historical events. In his love for the stranger, more marvelous facts of the world, he infused his magnificent history with a continuous awareness of the mythic and the wonderful. For more than a hundred generations, his supple, lucid prose has drawn readers into his panoramic vision of the war between the Greek city-states and the great empire to the east. And in the generosity of his spirit, in the instinctive empiricism that took him searching over much of the known world for information, in the care he took with sources and historical evidence, in his freedom from intolerance and prejudice, he virtually defined the rational, humane spirit that is the enduring legacy of Greek civilization.
 

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THE FIRST BOOK ENTITLED CLIO
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Description of the country 513 Agriculture 14 Boundaries
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planned by Cambyses 17 18 Phoenicians refuse to attack
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28 The Upper Nile 2931 The interior of Libya 32
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Causes of the war between Greece and Persia 1 Mythic
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Severities of Cambyses towards the Egyptians 2729
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48 Connection of the religions of Egypt and Greece 4957
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of the oracles 4655 Croesus seeks a Greek alliance
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The Ibis 76 Daily life of the Egyptians 7780 Dress
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with Sparta 6970 Croesus warned 71 Croesus invades
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Decision of Otanes 83 Privileges of the Six 84 Darius
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the earths extremities 106116 The river Aces 117 Fate
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Media 95 Early Median History 96107 Birth
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Persians 131140 Cyrus threatens the Ionian Greeks 141
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cures Darius 129 130 His former history 131 His influence
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Account of the Greek settlements in Asia 142151 Sparta
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Story of Periander 4853 Siege of Samos 5456 Fate
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Egyptian Festivals 5864 Sacred animals 6567
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of Babylon 178187 Cyrus marches on Babylon 188190
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Herodotus was a Greek historian who was born in Halicarnassus, in Asia Minor, in the fifth century B.C. Called the Father of History, he wrote the first comprehensive attempt at secular narrative history, long considered the starting point of Western historical writing. The focus of his Histories is the Persian Wars, but he includes fascinating digressions on the histories of Bablyon, Egypt, and Thrace, as well as studies of the pyramids and various historical events. He was the first writer to evaluate historical, geographical, and archaeological material critically.

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