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Herodotus | Thucydides (Great Books of the Western World, #6) By Herodotus Thucydides George Rawlinson Richard Crawley R. Feetham Herodotus Thucydides Great Books of the Western World Contents The History of HerodotusThe History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  • Title: Herodotus | Thucydides (Great Books of the Western World, #6)
  • Author: Herodotus Thucydides George Rawlinson Richard Crawley R. Feetham
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  • Herodotus | Thucydides (Great Books of the Western World, #6) By Herodotus Thucydides George Rawlinson Richard Crawley R. Feetham Contents The History of HerodotusThe History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
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    1. Herodotus Thucydides George Rawlinson Richard Crawley R. Feetham

      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.

    325 thoughts on “Herodotus | Thucydides (Great Books of the Western World, #6)”

    1. I presume most people who have read both of these classic histories favor Herodotus over Thucydides, and I now fall into that camp as well That s not to say Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War is bad, of course, but it is not nearly as expansive as Herodotus and, well, it is a lot drier.I didn t comprehend the title of Herodotus work until quite a ways into it it s not truly History of the Persian War that seems to be some poor editorial work over the years or perhaps good advertisement, [...]


    2. These two classics establish the poles between which all subsequent history writing has navigated.This review will focus on Thucydides Peloponnesian War, since I have already reviewed The Histories of Herodotus separately.The poles I referred to above are the storytelling approach exemplified by Herodotus and the chronicle approach exemplified by Thucydides For while Herodotus tells his history as a series of yarns, hearsay, and human interest stories, Thucydides sees himself as a searcher for a [...]


    3. I appreciated both Herodotus and Thucydides, but I imagine the reading will be monotonous to those who do not have a taste for history or ancient wars Herodotus covers a good deal of culture and the interrelations between people and countries while often allowing himself to be sidetracked with interesting if not so relevant side notes, whereas Thucydides relates the Peloponnesian War with attention to the most important events, speeches, and persons involved without going into even a quarter of [...]


    4. There s not much I can say that hasn t already been said These two books are, of course, the oldest history books in the world They are founding texts of Western Civilization and an important element of the Western canon Both of them are fascinating on a number of levels, including the historical, the philosophical, the geographic, the religious, etc I found Herodotus much readable, largely because I enjoyed his focus on the human side of things, as he discussed the cultures, customs, and belie [...]


    5. I surprised myself by really liking Herodotus I assumed he would be dry and boring but it wasn t I learned a ton about the ancient world, especially the Persian War I listened to the Great Course on Herodotus and that really added to my enjoyment by providing historical context and analysis I liked learning about how it influenced other works and what scholars debate about what is true from his work.



    6. First attempts at writing true history Important on many levels and an introduction to the historical process.


    7. Herodotus has the interesting stories and fables Thucydides is the factual true historian, but is dry and boring.


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