The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories, Herodotus
Cicero called Herodotus "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, Herodotus's account of the rise of the Persian Empire and its dramatic war with the Greek city sates set a standard for narrative nonfiction that continues to this day. Illustrated, annotated, and filled with maps—with an introduction by Rosalind Thomas, twenty-one appendices written by scholars at the top of their fields, and a new translation by Andrea L. Purvis—The Landmark Herodotus is a stunning edition of the greatest classical work of history ever written.
This book is paperback.
“The most densely annotated, richly illustrated, and user-friendly edition of his Histories ever to appear.”—Daniel Mendelsohn, The New Yorker
“A first-rate achievement. Nothing is missing.... Like a Global Positioning System for Herodotus's world. Strassler has made it simply impossible to get lost.”—The New York Sun
“Stunning.... Bears the same superb production and scholarly qualities of his earlier The Landmark Thucydides.... Andrea Purvis' new translation is taut and lucid.”—Houston Chronicle
An Excellent Starting Place for History
I have just received my copies of Herodotus and Thucydides. It will be a while before I complete the reading of these two volumes obviously but the publishing, the introductory commentary, and particularly the inclusion of the numerous maps make these excellent volumes. Trying to read ancient history without maps accurate at the time of the action is like trying to complete a puzzle without a picture. These are excellent and plentiful.
I have long wanted this as a reference work in my library.
I have long wanted this as a reference work in my library. I’ve along supported Hillsdale and listen to lots of their podcasts. I wanted to support them also by buying trusted works from them and I was not disappointed.