The Histories - HerodotusNew York, London & Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Number 234 in the series. Contains: Ribbon markers ; Chronological tables ;
From the cover: “The Histories of Herodotus inaugurate Western history-writing in spectacular fashion with an exciting account of the war between Persians and Greeks which ushered in the era of Athenian supremacy and the golden age of Pericles.
Traditionally known as the Father of History, Herodotus (484-424 BC) was the first man to tell a story in prose on the scale of the Iliad. With a powerful narrative style and a sharp eye for character, he recounts events swiftly and vividly, arid drama is rarely far away. At the same time, he describes in detail the strange customs of the alien people involved — Medes, Persians, Egyptians — providing an invaluable social and historical record. Herodotus is not merely a story-teller; he is also political commentator, geographer, anthropologist and philosopher. The model and the source for later historians, this book is one of the founding classics of Western civilization.
George Rawlinson’s translation, first published in 1858, is still agreed by most scholars to be the best in English. Rawlinson’s voluminous notes have been condensed for this edition, in which the text has been revised by Rosalind Thomas, who also introduces the book.”