The Histories (Penguin Classics)

October 13, 2019 - Comment

The work that established the study of history in the western world, Herodotus’s The Histories is a dazzling contemporary account of the ancient world, translated from the Greek by Aubrey de Selincourt, revised with an introduction and notes by John Marincola in Penguin Classics. ‘No one is fool enough to choose war instead of peace

The work that established the study of history in the western world, Herodotus’s The Histories is a dazzling contemporary account of the ancient world, translated from the Greek by Aubrey de Selincourt, revised with an introduction and notes by John Marincola in Penguin Classics. ‘No one is fool enough to choose war instead of peace – in peace sons bury fathers, but in war fathers bury sons’One 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 colourful 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.This celebrated translation of The Histories has been extensively revised and includes an updated bibliography, chronology, glossary and additional notes.A Greek historian, Herodotus (c.485-25 BC) left his native town of Halicarnassus, a Greek colony, to travel extensively. He collected historical, geographical, ethnological, mythological and archaeological material for his histories.If you enjoyed The Histories, you might like Tacitus’ Annals of Imperial Rome, also available in Penguin Classics.

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Anonymous says:

Just to be clear: the Kindle version here is … Just to be clear: the Kindle version here is not the translation by Selincourt, but one by Rawlinson (which is available separately on Amazon for less). Nothing much wrong with Rawlinson’s version, but there are some variations in the translation.

Anonymous says:

A thoroughly good read, essential. Fantastic book! The Histories really clarifies what is Europe, Asia and Libya (Africa). It’s a comprehensive account of the lands, kings and battles of the ancient world. It also reveals that through their determination and courage to stand up to the Persian invasions, the Greeks demonstrate that they are the true Europeans.

Anonymous says:

The Histories, Herodotus I am required to study Herodotus’ ‘The Histories’ for my A2 Ancient History course, and had intended to buy it on my Kindle so that I could study it in my own time prior to my return in September this year. So, of course, you can imagine how delighted I was when it was reduced in price!!I’ve already read part of this book – it’s a fantastic piece of writing. And it comes with a detailed and in-depth introduction, which is a must-read for anybody hoping to get their heads around this book…

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