The Way of Herodotus: Travels with the Man Who Invented History

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"During the classical age of Greece, Herodotus wrote the first great prose epic and became known through the ages as "the father of history." But he was much more than that. He was also the world's first travel writer, a pioneering geographer, anthropologist, explorer, moralist, investigative reporter, foreign correspondent, and enlightened multiculturalist. He was at once a learned professor and a tabloid journalist, a man of great wit and wisdom with an unfailing eye for fabulous material to inform and amuse, to titillate, horrify, and
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"During the classical age of Greece, Herodotus wrote the first great prose epic and became known through the ages as "the father of history." But he was much more than that. He was also the world's first travel writer, a pioneering geographer, anthropologist, explorer, moralist, investigative reporter, foreign correspondent, and enlightened multiculturalist. He was at once a learned professor and a tabloid journalist, a man of great wit and wisdom with an unfailing eye for fabulous material to inform and amuse, to titillate, horrify, and entertain." "In the Histories by Herodotus, tall tales of dog-headed men, gold-digging ants, flying snakes, and strange sexual customs practiced in foreign lands are scattered throughout his narrative of the Persian Wars, the tumultuous encounter from which Greece emerged triumphant in the early fifth century Be. This victory, which Herodotus recorded in breathtaking detail, was one of history's most important: it gave birth to Western civilization." In The Way of Herodotus, intrepid travel historian Justin Marozzi retraces the footsteps of Herodotus through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, and war-torn Iraq, exploring the cultures and places Herodotus described 2,500 years ago. It is a lively yet thought-provoking excursion into the world of Herodotus, a sensational blend of travel and history in the spirit of the man who invented it.
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Michael Sims
[Marozzi's] excellent at evoking character and scene…His descriptions sparkle…His assessments of current political and religious battles read as spontaneous but well-informed. Marozzi seems worthy of his illustrious model, as he travels with the ghost of the father of history.
—The Washington Post
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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.
—Kathleen McCallister

Kirkus Reviews
A digressive, witty blend of travel writing and popular history. When your subject is a classical author and his account of a war that ended some 2,500 years ago, it takes a good deal of enthusiasm and a keen sense of storytelling to keep a reader interested as you follow in his footsteps. Recounting his passionate pursuit of Herodotus and the modern vestiges of ancient Greco-Persian geography, journalist Marozzi (Tamerlane, 2007, etc.) does not shy away from bold statements or prurient details. He casts Herodotus as the world's first historian, first foreign correspondent, first anthropologist, first travel writer and first investigative journalist, as well as the man who "invented the West." Traveling along the great historian's route, Marozzi encountered evidence of a good deal of fellatio, sodomy, sacred prostitution, necrophilia, bestiality and phallic worship-most of it, thankfully, at a historical distance. The sex is rarely very sexy, however, and Marozzi's deft handling of history's strange congruities and incongruities is far more interesting. In Turkey, he tracked Herodotus to his hometown in Halicarnassus (now Bodrum); he describes the excavation of the town's Mausoleum (one of the seven wonders of the classical world) and the archaeological exploration of an ancient shipwreck that contained the world's oldest book. In 2004, he made a harrowing entry into Baghdad and a visit to the ancient site of Babylon, now "Camp Babylon" and under military control. Moving on to Egypt, Marozzi evokes Cairo in a lush, epic catalogue that is characteristic of his sly engagement with the kind of historical reporting Herodotus invented. In Greece, Marozzi's attention flitted from the wine ofSamos to an enviable lunchtime sojourn at the table of one of the last century's great travel writers, Patrick Leigh Fermor. "History rumbles on like an insatiable omnivore, devouring everything before it," writes Marozzi. It's a good thumbnail description of the approach that gives his clever, occasionally oversexed travel narrative much of its charm. Agent: Georgina Capel/Capel & Land
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ChicagoTribune, 7/17/11
“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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306816215
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 12/8/2008
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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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Table of Contents

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Introduction Dog-Headed Men, Gold-Digging Ants and Flying Snakes, or Why We Should All Read Herodotus 1

Pt. I Turkey 29

1 Priestesses with Beards 31

2 Underwater Herodotus 46

Pt. II Iraq 67

3 Fools and Wars 69

4 Baghdad, Evangelicals and Mocking Madmen 87

5 Babylon 111

Pt. III Egypt 135

6 Memphis and Thebes: Tall Stories and Self-Immolating Cats, or No Sex in Temples, Please,We're Egyptian 137

7 Herodotus in Hollywood (and the Sahara) 164

8 Cairo, Mother of the World 179

Pt. IV Greece 195

9 Athens, City Hall of Wisdom 197

10 Herodotus Meets Aristotle 224

11 Thessaloniki: History on the Front Line 247

12 An Exorcism 258

13 Lunch (and a Good Deal of Retsina) with Patrick Leigh Fermor 262

14 'Fill High the Bowl with Samian Wine!' 274

15 Wassailing Gods, Pious Priests and Tearful Monks 299

Bibliography 327

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