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The history of Herodotus - Volume 1


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The Histories of Herodotus of Halicarnassus is considered the first work of history in Western literature. Written about 440 BC, the Histories tell the story of the war between the Persian Empire and the Greek city-states in the 5th century BC. Herodotus traveled extensively around the ancient world, conducting interviews and collecting stories for his book. The rise of the Persian Empire is chronicled, and the causes for the conflict with Greece. Herodotus treats the conflict as an ideological one, frequently contrasting the absolute power of the Persian king with the democratic government of the Greeks.

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. . .The men of Chios had then delivered up Pactyas; and after this Mazares made expedition against those who had joined in besieging Tabalos: and first he reduced to slavery those of Priene, then he overran the whole plain of the Maiander making spoil of it for his army, and Magnesia in the same manner: and straightway after this he fell sick and died.

162. After he was dead, Harpagos came down to take his place in command, being also a Mede by race (this was the man whom the king of the Medes Astyages feasted with the unlawful banquet, and who helped to give the kingdom to Cyrus). This man, being appointed commander then by Cyrus, came to Ionia and proceeded to take the cities by throwing up mounds against them: for when he had enclosed any people within their walls, then he threw up mounds against the walls and took their city by storm; and the first city of Ionia upon which he made an attempt was Phocaia.

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Community Reviews

I "read" this course series as the audiobook, and really enjoyed it. Though at the beginning-- the first 4 CDs-- Vandiver gives mostly background, she does work through the plotline of Herodotus as well, so it forms a sort of outline for reading the works. Vandiver is careful to give multiple per...more

I'm in the process of listening to this one a second time - it's that good.

I bought the MP4's from the Teaching Company and WOW! I had no idea the breadth and detail contained in Herodotus's work until these lectures. Utterly riveting. I easily listened to the lectures while biking and walking to and from work and running errands. Not only has this allowed me to fill in...more

Геродот был первым историком и тревел блогером, изучал греко-персидские войны и вдохновил многие поколения историков со вкусом описывать разнообразные баталии.
При этом он еще и опросил множество очевидцев из разных стран и включил в свой труд интереснейшую информацию о соседних с греками народах...more

really enjoyed learning about Herodotus

Insightful while reading Herodotus.

The Histories - is Herodotus's only known work, yet it still made Herodotus one of the rare, landmark figures in the story of thought. This series of lectures was an introduction to Herodotus and The Histories, tracing the influences he assimilated and the new methods he used in crafting this mon...more

"Herodotus: The Father of History" by Elizabeth Vandiver is a series of 24 audio lectures published by the Great Courses. It discusses Herodotus, his life times and context as well as his great work "The Histories". The Lecturer, Dr. Vandiver teaches in the Honors Humanities Program and Classical...more

I am a true Vandiver fan girl. This did not disappoint.

Vandiver's course can be read as a rough outline of the Histories, as an abbreviated version perhaps, but it is best used in conjunction with reading the Histories itself. The background material at the beginning of the course is very helpful -- Herodotus does not dwell on historical facts that w...more

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