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Landmark Herodotus The Histories

ISBN-10: 0375421092
ISBN-13: 9780375421099
Edition: 2007
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Description: From the editor of the widely praisedThe Landmark Thucydides, a new Landmark Edition ofThe Historiesby Herodotus, the greatest classical work of history ever written. Herodotus was a Greek historian living in Ionia during the fifth century BCE. He  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/6/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1024
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 4.092
Language: English

From the editor of the widely praisedThe Landmark Thucydides, a new Landmark Edition ofThe Historiesby Herodotus, the greatest classical work of history ever written. Herodotus was a Greek historian living in Ionia during the fifth century BCE. He traveled extensively through the lands of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea and collected stories, and then recounted his experiences with the varied people and cultures he encountered. Cicero called him “the father of history,” and his only work,The Histories, is considered the first true piece of historical writing in Western literature. With lucid prose that harks back to the time of oral tradition, Herodotus set a standard for narrative nonfiction that continues to this day. InThe Histories, Herodotus chronicles the rise of the Persian Empire and its dramatic war with the Greek city-states. Within that story he includes rich veins of anthropology, ethnography, geology, and geography, pioneering these fields of study, and explores such universal themes as the nature of freedom, the role of religion, the human costs of war, and the dangers of absolute power. Ten years in the making,The Landmark Herodotusgives us a new, dazzling translation by Andrea L. Purvis that makes this remarkable work of literature more accessible than ever before. Illustrated, annotated, and filled with maps, this edition also includes an introduction by Rosalind Thomas and twenty-one appendices written by scholars at the top of their fields, covering such topics as Athenian government, Egypt, Scythia, Persian arms and tactics, the Spartan state, oracles, religion, tyranny, and women. LikeThe Landmark Thucydidesbefore it,The Landmark Herodotusis destined to be the most readable and comprehensively useful edition ofThe Historiesavailable.

Robert B. Strassler is an independent scholar whose articles have appeared in theJournal of Hellenic Studies. He holds an honorary doctorate of humanities and letters from Bard College and is chairman of the Aston Magna Foundation for Music and the Humanities. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts. Andrea L. Purvis holds a Ph.D. in classical studies from Duke University and has taught in Duke University’s department of classical studies. She is author ofSingular Dedications: Founders and Innovators of Private Cults in Classical Greeceand coauthor ofFour Island Utopias. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Introductionby Rosalind Thomas Editor’s
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The Athenian Government in Herodotus
The Spartan State in War and Peace
The Account of Egypt: Herodotus Right and Wrong
Herodotean Geography
Herodotus and the Black Sea Region
Rivers and Peoples of Scythia
The Continuity of Steppe Culture
The Ionian Revolt
Classical Greek Religious Festivals
Ancient Greek Units of Currency, Weight, and Distance
Dialect and Ethnic Groups in Herodotus
Aristocratic Families in Herodotus
Herodotus on Persia and the Persian Empire
Hoplite Warfare in Herodotus
The Persian Army in Herodotus
Oracles, Religion, and Politics in Herodotus
Herodotus and the Poets
The Size of Xerxes’ Expeditionary Force
Trireme Warfare in Herodotus
Tyranny in Herodotus
On Women and Marriage in Herodotus
Glossary Ancient Sources
Bibliography for the General Reader
Figure Credits
Index
Reference
Maps

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