The Life and Times of Herodotus

The Life and Times of Herodotus

by Jim Whiting
     
 

The ancient Greek writer Herodotus is known as the father of history. He provides most of what is known about one of the most important periods in world history. It began in 490 BCE. An invading Persian army was defeated at the Battle of Marathon. It concluded just over ten years later with Greek victories at Salamis and Plataea. The triumph allowed the Greeks to… See more details below

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The ancient Greek writer Herodotus is known as the father of history. He provides most of what is known about one of the most important periods in world history. It began in 490 BCE. An invading Persian army was defeated at the Battle of Marathon. It concluded just over ten years later with Greek victories at Salamis and Plataea. The triumph allowed the Greeks to develop ideas and institutions in politics, economics, science, and even sports. These are the bases for how the Western world thinks and acts today.
Herodotus is also known as the father of lies. For many years, people believed that many of the things he wrote about simply didn't happen. Today, research is showing that many of his "tall tales" were actually true. He is increasingly respected as a reliable historian.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-While these titles are well illustrated and have simplified basic maps and glossaries, they fail to explain adequately the importance of these figures throughout history or their impact on society today. Cicero is particularly confusing. With no contextual explanation of the Roman political system, modern readers will be very perplexed. There are also inconsistencies and errors. Herodotus and Plato are choppily written, poorly organized, and incomplete. So little is known about Herodotus's life that most of the book rehashes the Persian War, misspelling a key player (it's Sicinnus, not Sinnicus). Plato focuses on the man's political writings and omits his famous allegory of the cave. Aristotle, a vast improvement over the other titles, is still only adequate. Margaret J. Anderson and Karen F. Stephenson's Aristotle (Enslow, 2004) is just as serviceable.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584155096
Publisher:
Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Series:
Biography from Ancient Civilizations Ser.: Legends, Folklore, and Stories of Ancient Worlds Ser.
Edition description:
Library Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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