Herodotus the good Greek historian used to be born approximately 484 BCE, at Halicarnassus in Caria, Asia Minor, whilst it used to be topic to the Persians. He travelled extensively in such a lot of Asia Minor, Egypt (as some distance as Assuan), North Africa, Syria, the rustic north of the Black Sea, and lots of elements of the Aegean Sea and the mainland of Greece. He lived, it kind of feels, for your time in Athens, and in 443 went with different colonists to the recent urban Thurii (in South Italy), the place he died approximately 430. He was once 'the prose correlative of the bard, a narrator of the deeds of genuine males, and a describer of remote places' (Murray).
Herodotus's well-known historical past of war among the Greeks and the Persians has an epic dignity which boosts his pleasant sort. It comprises the increase of the Persian energy and an account of the Persian empire; an outline and background of Egypt; and a protracted digression at the geography and customs of Scythia. Even within the later books at the assaults of the Persians opposed to Greece there are digressions. All is so much unique and produces a grand harmony. After own inquiry and learn of rumour and different facts, Herodotus offers us a now not uncritical estimate of the easiest that he may possibly find.
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