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(06/07/2008) The Histories by Herodotus. New York. 1996. Penguin Books. Translated From The Ancient Greek By Aubrey de Selincourt. Revised With An Introduction & Notes By John M. Marincola. keywords: Ancient History Literature Classic. 622 pages. The cover shows an Oiriochoe depicting a Greek fighting a Persian, c. 500 BC, in the Louvre, Paris. 0140446389.

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   Herodotus' HISTORIES, the first masterpiece of European prose, is built around the great struggle between Greek freedom and oriental despotism. During the early fifth century BC, a small and quarrelsome band of Greek city-states united to repel a mighty Persian army. While the story of this heroic drama forms the main theme of Herodotus' narrative, the author's curiosity fleshes out the text with dozens of digressions. He describes, for example, the monuments, crocodile-hunters and natural wonders of Egypt, the warriors of the Sudan, the northern nomads and fake-dwellers of Europe. Endlessly entertaining, he recounts many superb stories and folk tales about amazing escapes, ambiguous prophecies, gold-digging ants and dog-headed men. And he conveys vividly the fragility of wealth and happiness, and the unexpected moral patterns in our lives. This edition is a revised version of Aubrey de Selincourt's celebrated translation and includes a new introduction, additional notes, glossary, chronology and bibliography.

 

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