Wordsworth Editions, 1996 - 768 pages
Translated with Notes by George Rawlinson. With an Introduction by Tom Griffith.
Herodotus (c480-c425) is 'The Father of History' and his Histories are the first piece of Western historical writing. They are also the most entertaining.
Why did Pheidippides run the 26 miles and 385 yards (or 42.195 kilometres) from Marathon to Athens? And what did he do when he got there? Was the Battle of Salamis fought between sausage-sellers? Which is the oldest language in the world? Why did Leonidas and his 300 Spartans spend the morning before the battle of Thermopylae combing their hair? Why did every Babylonian woman have to sit in the Temple of Aphrodite until a man threw a coin into her lap, and how long was she likely to sit there? And what is the best way to kill a crocodile?
This wide-ranging history provides the answers to all these fascinating questions as well as providing many fascinating insights into the Ancient World.
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BOOK ONE CLIO
Chapters 13 Causes of quarrel between Persia and Egypt Nitetis story
Xerxes urged to attack Greece
Address of the Athenian envoys
Coës and Histiaeus rewarded
of the other troops
Chapters 4243 Universal geography Circumnavigation of Libya
Chapters 7475 Fate of Prexaspes
Athenians return bringing with them the shorecables
Course of the fleet
Sparta interferes to protect the Greeks
they submit to the Persians
Greeks occupy the defile of Tempe
BOOK TWO EUTERPE
Chapters 223224 Last conflict death of Leonidas
BOOK FOUR MELPOMENE
The Arians Parthians
Chapters 6567 Sacred animals
Chapters 6470 Demaratus deprived of his crown flies to Persia
Chapter 7375 Athenian most distinguished Sophanes his conduct and fate
Chapters 103104 Proceedings of Xerxes
BOOK SEVEN POLYHYMNIA
BOOK EIGHT URANIA
Flight of the Phocians
BOOK NINE CALLIOPE