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The history of Herodotus - Volume 2


Book Overview: 

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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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Artake; and when they had delivered these also to the flames, they sailed back to the Chersonese to destroy the remaining cities which they had not sacked when they touched there before: but against Kyzicos they did not sail at all; for the men of Kyzicos even before the time when the Phenicians sailed in had submitted to the king of their own accord, and had made terms with Oibares the son of Megabazos, the Persian governor at Daskyleion. 20.

34. In the Chersonese then the Phenicians made themselves masters of all the other cities except the city of Cardia. Of these cities up to that time Miltiades the son of Kimon, the son of Stesagoras, had been despot, Miltiades the son of Kypselos having obtained this government in the manner which here follows:—The inhabitants of this Chersonese were Dolonkian Thracians; and these Dolonkians, being hard pressed in war by the Apsinthians, sent their kings to Delphi to consult the Oracle about the war. And the Pythian. . . Read More

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 perspe

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 bl

Before reading Herodotus's famous "Histories", I wanted some historical, cultural, and linguistic background on the work and the writer. This course provides just that. Professor Vandiver is not as eloquent or personable as other Great Courses lecturers, but she is erudite and understandable. I part

I really enjoyed listening to this audio series. Lots of information about ancient Greek history, with good information on the cultural context of The Histories. And if you’re wondering why we usually focus on wars in history, you can thank (or blame) Herodotus. He kind of started that trend with wh

I recently finished listening (link to review) to an audio edition of Herodotus’ Histories in anticipation of my September 27, 2019 meeting with the Great Books KC book group. I decided to also listen to these twenty-four lectures to expose myself to additional background, commentary, and perspectiv

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.

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 monume

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 woul

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