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The Histories
     

The Histories

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by Herodotus, Walter Blanco (Editor), Jennifer Tolbert Roberts (Editor)
 

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Walter Blanco’s acclaimed translation of The Histories is now available in its entirety in this revised and expanded Norton Critical Edition.

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Walter Blanco’s acclaimed translation of The Histories is now available in its entirety in this revised and expanded Norton Critical Edition.

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This edition reproduces the fluent pace and readability of Herodotus' world-encompassing work. Mensch has produced a close translation of Herodotus' Greek that is also an engrossing read in English. As an old-time Herodotean, I found myself drawn into Herodotus' universe of history and story all over again. Combined with Romm's elegant introduction, which conveys the lure of Herodotus' work, the lucid maps and tables, and the pertinent, uncluttered notes, this is an edition to read for pleasure and for education. I recommend it to future students of Herodotus and their instructors, and to any reader who wants to discover and rediscover Herodotus in a vibrant new translation. -—Emily Greenwood, Yale University

Unadorned, readable, reliable. . . . If you want your Herodotus straight, but with no forfeiture of readability, I suggest Mensch. -—Simon Hornblower, in The Wall Street Journal

Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-04-08
A delightful new translation of what is widely considered the first work of history and nonfiction.Herodotus has a wonderful, gossipy style that makes reading these histories more fun than studying the rise of the Persian Empire and its clash with Greece—however, that's exactly what readers will do in this engaging history, which is full of interesting digressions and asides. Holland (In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire, 2012, etc.), whose lifelong devotion to Herodotus, Thucydides and other classical writers is unquestionable, provides an engaging modern translation. As Holland writes, Herodotus' "great work is many things—the first example of nonfiction, the text that underlies the entire discipline of history, the most important source of information we have for a vital episode in human affairs—but it is above all a treasure-trove of wonders." Those just being introduced to the Father of History will agree with the translator's note that this is "the greatest shaggy-dog story ever written." Herodotus set out to explore the causes of the Greco-Persian Wars and to explore the inability of East and West to live together. This is as much a world geography and ethnic history as anything else, and Herodotus enumerates social, religious and cultural habits of the vast (known) world, right down to the three mummification options available to Egyptians. This ancient Greek historian could easily be called the father of humor, as well; he irreverently describes events, players and their countless harebrained schemes. Especially enjoyable are his descriptions of the Persians making significant decisions under the influence and then waiting to vote again when sober. The gifts Herodotus gave history are the importance of identifying multiple sources and examining differing views.A feast for students of ancient history and budding historians of any period.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393933970
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/15/2013
Series:
Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
672
Sales rank:
611,267
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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“De Sélincourt’s pacy, natural-sounding, rendering, as superbly revised and annotated by John Marincola…was a game-changer…still reads freshly and is a bestseller six decades after its first publication.”
—Edith Hall,  Times Literary Supplement

Meet the Author

Pamela Mensch's translation of Diogenes Laertius' Lives and Doctrines of Eminent Philosophers is forthcoming from Harvard Universtiy Press.

James Romm is the James H. Ottaway, Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College and author of Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire and Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero, both from Knopf.

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The Histories 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent book for people intrested in ancient history or learning about how ancient people thought.
Manirul More than 1 year ago
Great Writing....!... Wonderful...! LOVE it...!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Histories of Herodoutus is the sightings and hearings that Herodotus a native of Halicarnassus, had written down. This includes the customs of Egyptians, far-fetched tales of one-eyed giants, and the Persian war. This is one of the greatest masterpieces of western literature that has been preserved.
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manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Awesome....!Beautiful....!Wonderful....!I really enjoy it.....!