Euterpe: Being the Second Book of the Famous History of Herodotus

Euterpe: Being the Second Book of the Famous History of Herodotus

by Herodotus
     
 

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PREFACE.

This translation of the second book of Herodotus, the book on Egypt, is reprinted from a sufficiently rare volume, " THE | Famous Hystory of | HERODOTUS| Conteyning the Discourse of dyuers Countreys, the succession | of theyr Kyngs: the actes and exploytes | atchieuved by them, the Lawes and | customes of every Nation :

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PREFACE.

This translation of the second book of Herodotus, the book on Egypt, is reprinted from a sufficiently rare volume, " THE | Famous Hystory of | HERODOTUS| Conteyning the Discourse of dyuers Countreys, the succession | of theyr Kyngs: the actes and exploytes | atchieuved by them, the Lawes and | customes of every Nation : with the | true Description and Antiquitie of the same. | Deuided into nine Bookes, entituled with | the names of the nine Muses. | AT LONDON. | Printed by Thomas Marshe.

The little quarto only contains Books i. and ii. The Dedication runs: - "To the right excellent and virtuous Gentleman Mayster Robert Dormer, sonne to the noble Knight Sir Wyllyam Dormer, B. R. wisheth increase of worship, with the favoure of God." Who is B. R.? Barnaby Rich has been guessed at; nothing is certainly known. He writes in a very colloquial style, too colloquial for Herodotus, and his pages are a treasure of old English slang. He is as inaccurate, or as careless of close rendering rather, as may be. But B. R. tells a story with point, with breadth; above all, with enjoyment. Of what other translator of Herodotus can we say as much! Not of Beloe the proverbially flat, nor of Rawlinson the respectable.

As to the book itself, it is not common. Besides that in the British Museum, I have only seen a copy once belonging to Mr. Payne Collier, and now to the Rev. W. J. Loftie, and my own copy, which, I am happy to say, is much taller, cleaner, and in better case than Mr. Loftie's. The Editor may end by hoping that a new translator of Herodotus will arise, as lively as B. R.; less addicted to slang, and as accurate as modern scholarship can make him.

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ISBN-13:
9781313766265
Publisher:
HardPress Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2013
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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