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Herodotus the good Greek historian used to be born approximately 484 BCE, at Halicarnassus in Caria, Asia Minor, whilst it was once topic to the Persians. He travelled extensively in such a lot of Asia Minor, Egypt (as a long way as Assuan), North Africa, Syria, the rustic north of the Black Sea, and plenty of elements of the Aegean Sea and the mainland of Greece. He lived, it kind of feels, for it slow in Athens, and in 443 went with different colonists to the hot 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 heritage of battle among the Greeks and the Persians has an epic dignity which reinforces his pleasant type. It comprises the increase of the Persian energy and an account of the Persian empire; an outline and historical past 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 such a lot wonderful and produces a grand harmony. After own inquiry and research of rumour and different proof, Herodotus provides us a now not uncritical estimate of the easiest that he might find.

The Loeb Classical Library version of Herodotus is in 4 volumes.

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