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The Way of Herodotus: Travels with the Man Who Invented Historyby Justin Marozzi
Intrepid travel historian Justin Marozzi retraces the footsteps of Herodotus through the Mediterranean and Middle East, examining Herodotus’s 2,500-year-old observations about the cultures and places he visited and finding echoes of his legacy reverberating to this day. The Way of Herodotus is a lively yet thought-provoking excursion into the world of/i>… See more details below
Intrepid travel historian Justin Marozzi retraces the footsteps of Herodotus through the Mediterranean and Middle East, examining Herodotus’s 2,500-year-old observations about the cultures and places he visited and finding echoes of his legacy reverberating to this day. The Way of Herodotus is a lively yet thought-provoking excursion into the world of Herodotus, with the man who invented history ever present, guiding the narrative with his discursive spirit.
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Herodotus is a somewhat controversial figure, dubbed both the "Father of History" and the "Father of Lies" for his famous Histories, which explored the causes of the Greek and Persian wars while often digressing into cultural notes, examinations of politics, and local legends. Marozzi (Tamerlane) makes no secret of his admiration for the man, and in this vivid travelog he lets Herodotus's spirit be companion and guide. Marozzi traces Herodotus's footsteps as he sought out knowledgeable people for their observations through what is now Greece, Egypt, Turkey, and Iraq. Though times have changed, there's plenty of evidence in Marozzi's explorations and encounters to suggest that the overall messages in Herodotus's work-the hubris of man, the strangeness and power of culture, and the importance of historical records-are just as applicable to the world today. While his imagined version of Herodotus's personality sometimes seems a bit of a stretch, Marozzi succeeds admirably at emulating the tone of the work he so admires, producing a lively and accessible narrative that's often as eclectic as its spiritual predecessor. Recommended for public libraries, especially those with travel history collections or as a companion to Ryszard Kapuscinski's Travels with Herodotus.
“You must not miss this guide to the Middle East and the Mediterranean, which brims with descriptions that transcend ephemeral tidbits such as who’s running the government. Marozzi comments often upon the timeless appeal of an earlier writer—that rascal of a historian, Herodotus—and by so doing, creates his own eternally appealing travel guide.”
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Meet the Author
Justin Marozzi is a writer, journalist, and historian who has traveled extensively throughout the Herodotean world. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Tamerlane. He lives in London.
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