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The history of Herodotus — Volume 1   By: (480? BC - 420? BC)

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The history of Herodotus — Volume 1 is a remarkable piece of historical literature that delves into the ancient world, shedding light on the cultures, events, and peoples of the past. Through vivid storytelling and meticulous research, the author presents a captivating narrative that transports readers back in time to witness the rise and fall of great civilizations.

Herodotus's keen observations and eye for detail bring the tales of the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Persians, and other civilizations to life, offering a comprehensive exploration of the politics, wars, and customs of the time. The author's ability to seamlessly weave together various historical accounts and provide context for the reader makes this volume a valuable resource for anyone interested in ancient history.

While some may find the sheer volume of information overwhelming, the author's engaging writing style and ability to draw connections between disparate events help to keep readers engaged throughout. Overall, The history of Herodotus — Volume 1 is a must-read for history buffs and anyone looking to deepen their understanding of the ancient world.

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By Herodotus

Translated into English by G. C. Macaulay



{e Herodotou diathesis en apasin epieikes, kai tois men agathois sunedomene, tois de kakois sunalgousa}.—Dion. Halic.

{monos 'Erodotos 'Omerikhotatos egeneto}.—Longinus.


This text was prepared from an edition dated 1890, published by MacMillan and Co., London and New York.

Greek text has been transliterated and marked with brackets, as in the opening citation above.


If a new translation of Herodotus does not justify itself, it will hardly be justified in a preface; therefore the question whether it was needed may be left here without discussion. The aim of the translator has been above all things faithfulness—faithfulness to the manner of expression and to the structure of sentences, as well as to the meaning of the Author. At the same time it is conceived that the freedom and variety of Herodotus is not always best reproduced by such severe consistency of rendering as is perhaps desirable in the case of the Epic writers before and the philosophical writers after his time: nor again must his simplicity of thought and occasional quaintness be reproduced in the form of archaisms of language; and that not only because the affectation of an archaic style would necessarily be offensive to the reader, but also because in language Herodotus is not archaic... Continue reading book >>

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