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The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories Herodotus

The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories - Herodotus

London: Quercus, 2008, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Just a little age-toning to the top edge of the text block. The contents complete, clean and tight.

Includes: Black & white photographs; Coloured maps); Frontispiece;

From the cover: “From the editor of the widely praised The Landmark Thucydides, here is a new Landmark edition of The Histories by Herodotus, the greatest classical work of history.

Herodotus was a Greek historian living in Ionia during the fifth century B.C.E. He travelled 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.

In The 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 Herodotus gives 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.

Like The Landmark Thucydides before it, The Landmark Herodotus is destined to be the most readable and comprehensively useful edition of The Histories available.”


Jacket designed by Kim Llewellyn. Foreword or introduction by Rosalind Thomas. Size: 9½" x 7½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. (lxiv) 953 pages.
£66.00
The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories Herodotus