The Persian War (Translations from Greek & Roman Authors)

The Persian War Translations from Greek Roman Authors Selections from Herodotus History which follow the events of the great war between the Greeks and the Persians The translated extracts include Herodotus descriptions of the preparations for war and of

Selections from Herodotus History which follow the events of the great war between the Greeks and the Persians The translated extracts include Herodotus descriptions of the preparations for war and of the great land and sea battles which took place Linking commentaries explain Greek and Persian strategies and battle manoeuvres Background information on the ships andSelections from Herodotus History which follow the events of the great war between the Greeks and the Persians The translated extracts include Herodotus descriptions of the preparations for war and of the great land and sea battles which took place Linking commentaries explain Greek and Persian strategies and battle manoeuvres Background information on the ships and on the soldiers fighting in the war is also given.

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The Persian War (Translations from Greek & Roman Authors)

  1. Herodotus was an ancient Greek historian who was born in Halicarnassus, Caria modern day Bodrum, Turkey and lived in the fifth century BCE c 484 425 BCE He has been called The Father of History , as well as The Father of Lies He was the first historian known to collect his materials systematically, test their accuracy to a certain extent, and arrange them in a well constructed and vivid narrative The Histories his masterpiece and the only work he is known to have produced is a record of his inquiry or histor a, a word that passed into Latin and acquired its modern meaning of history , being an investigation of the origins of the Greco Persian Wars and including a wealth of geographical and ethnographical information Although some of his stories were fanciful and others inaccurate, he claimed he was reporting only what had been told to him Little is known of his personal history.It was not until the time of Herodotus that gods began to have less influence upon history that was written, yet it was still implied because of the largely accepted view of the Greeks and the expectations that they may have had of how The Histories would be written History was becoming of a knowledge rather than an amusement Because of Herodotus wanting people to accept what he had to write, he implemented stories that may have not directly correlated to gods, but rather implemented the idea that miracles or supernatural events took place As was the story of Arion and the dolphin While on a boat the men found out that Arion, who was a musician, was worth lots of money and decided to have him killed The crew gave him two options, that either he jump ship or they kill him on the spot Arion flung himself into the water and a dolphin carried him to shore.Herodotus was concerned with putting pleasure before knowledge, unless he did not believe that the gods had a dramatic influence on history and was rather just trying to please his audience Like the story of the king having his servant look upon his naked wife, and when spotting him hiding, asked him to kill her husband 78 This, like many stories of Herodotus, are told in great detail, and for the simplicity of dramatic effect This refers back to the way bards used to tell their poems or stories to their audience Herodotus was accused by many because of such detailed accounts, and even called a liar by some In his writing we can already see that there was no direct association with gods.

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  1. I d enjoyed Thucydides in college but had avoided Herodotus because he was not cited as being as reliable as a source Applying for work at a great books college which required Herodotus, however, got me to read the thing and it turned out to be much, much interesting than expected.While Thucydides comes across as a recognizable historian, Herodotus comes across as an elderly, well travelled storyteller Many of his accounts, including his explanation of the ultimate causes of the Persian War, ar [...]


  2. This book is one of the greatest gems of antiquity a treasure trove of story piled upon enticing story which is a pure delight to read The themes are rich, the drama engrossing, and the twists and turns full of irony, and often humor To be sure, Herodotus fondness for storytelling frequently gets the better of him his digressions are many, and infamous for their multilayered depth But once you get used to it, and provided you take a decent set of notes as you read or an index of names at the ver [...]


  3. Awesome story about the rise of the Persian empire and the epic heroism of the Greeks in defending their homeland Although Herodotus exaggerates a lot, it makes the story interesting so long as you take what he says with a grain of salt I liked how this story offered an exciting new perspective on biblical era history.


  4. This was the second time for me and this remains one of my favorite books of all time It provides incredible insights into the ancient world that gave rise to the one we live in Not much ever changes It is full of sex, violence and other things to nasty to mention I never found it dull While I loved Thucydides and Xenophon, the Persian Wars remains the most compelling of the three.



  5. It was ok I m a total douche for having nothing but that to say about Herodotus Admitted I know a bit about things, but it wasn t much fun Douche cred achieved x 10.


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