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The World of Herodotus [PDF] ✩ The World of Herodotus By Aubrey de Sélincourt – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Herodotus s Histories provides the basis for this strong account of the Greek world from the th to the th centuries BC both the geography that he saw during his travels and the thoughts, feelings, and Herodotus s Histories provides the basis for this strong account of the Greek world from the th to the th centuries BC both the geography that he saw during his travels and the thoughts, feelings, and tradition crystallized in his writings stimulating San Francisco Chronicle.


10 thoughts on “The World of Herodotus

  1. Lauren Albert Lauren Albert says:

    As a freshman, I had to pick a freshman seminar as they were called Having decided I would be a classics major, despite not having the slightest interest in learning Greek or Latin, I picked the class on Herodotus There were 5 of us I think The professor was elderly and used to fall asleep when we sat in a circle which was pretty remarkable for such a small class I didn t have a clue and probably still don t The book is partly about the world in which Herodotus lived and partly a recount As a freshman, I had to pick a freshman seminar as they were called Having decided I would be a classics major, despite not having the slightest interest in learning Greek or Latin, I picked the class on Herodotus There were 5 of us I think The professor was elderly and used to fall asleep when we sat in a circle which was pretty remarkable for such a small class I didn t have a clue and probably still don t The book is partly about the world in which Herodotus lived and partly a recounting of the history he tells Starting Herodotus at the same time, I was struck by how alike the stories were I haven t read the book in almost 35 years I feel mixed about the S lincourt but perhaps it will bring me back to Herodotus


  2. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    This is just a review of the text the Folio Society edition is up to their very high standards.This is an older book As Paul Cartledge mentions in his introduction there are a few ideas and views in it that are a bit outdated, and having a fairly high degree of familiarity with the histories I, informed by my own readings of it and secondary works, had a number of points I would dispute That set aside this is a very erudite and enjoyable survey of 6th 4th century Greece, bracketing the life This is just a review of the text the Folio Society edition is up to their very high standards.This is an older book As Paul Cartledge mentions in his introduction there are a few ideas and views in it that are a bit outdated, and having a fairly high degree of familiarity with the histories I, informed by my own readings of it and secondary works, had a number of points I would dispute That set aside this is a very erudite and enjoyable survey of 6th 4th century Greece, bracketing the life of Herodotus by about 80 years on either side You could do a lot worse in a one volume history commentary


  3. Old-Barbarossa Old-Barbarossa says:

    Fair overview of the period Herodotus covers in his Hx, also looks at the importance of the text.The style is fairly conversationalbut old fusty Oxbridge stylee conversational, with some of the prejudices that brings with itso not to everyones taste.Also covers other Greek texts in the last few chapters epics, plays, philosophy.While he is a huge Herodotus fan boy he pulls no punches when giving his opinions on some of the other old dead Greek chaps.When looking at the evolution of drama Fair overview of the period Herodotus covers in his Hx, also looks at the importance of the text.The style is fairly conversationalbut old fusty Oxbridge stylee conversational, with some of the prejudices that brings with itso not to everyones taste.Also covers other Greek texts in the last few chapters epics, plays, philosophy.While he is a huge Herodotus fan boy he pulls no punches when giving his opinions on some of the other old dead Greek chaps.When looking at the evolution of drama from religious act he briefly cover the big 3 and notes wryly Religious ceremonial nowadays provides less opportunity for bad language and sexual symbolism Now, we certainly could do withof that earthy god bothering


  4. John John says:

    A very difficult task it is to rate a work such as this I know it is well organized and written because it was able to keep my attention even though I am not interested in what went on 2,500 years ago One reason for my lack of interest is the fact that I question its accuracy Come on, I read books about events of 50 years ago where i saw first hand what went on and the things written are so inaccurate it is loco So now I read about things from 2,500 years ago and am expected to take them se A very difficult task it is to rate a work such as this I know it is well organized and written because it was able to keep my attention even though I am not interested in what went on 2,500 years ago One reason for my lack of interest is the fact that I question its accuracy Come on, I read books about events of 50 years ago where i saw first hand what went on and the things written are so inaccurate it is loco So now I read about things from 2,500 years ago and am expected to take them seriously BUT, It was so well written, I had to give it 4 stars Took me several days to read and I am glad I read it Or perhaps just happy to be finished


  5. Henry Sturcke Henry Sturcke says:

    This book was recommended as in introduction to Herodotus s Histories I don t think it fulfills that task as well as therecent volume by James Romm Yale University Press, 1998.What S lincourt s treatment offers instead is a tour d horizon of Greek culture in antiquity The main interest here is the author s dissent from consensus opinions about the ancient Greeks, based on his thorough knowledge and love of the literature The achievement of his Greeks was, in many ways, admirable, but This book was recommended as in introduction to Herodotus s Histories I don t think it fulfills that task as well as therecent volume by James Romm Yale University Press, 1998.What S lincourt s treatment offers instead is a tour d horizon of Greek culture in antiquity The main interest here is the author s dissent from consensus opinions about the ancient Greeks, based on his thorough knowledge and love of the literature The achievement of his Greeks was, in many ways, admirable, but they were not, as some maintain, our betters in all aspects of civilization Their matter of fact cruelty and mendacity, indeed, their overall self regarding ethics, to use S lincourt s phrase, mean there is no need to idealize them Unfortunately, S lincourt doesn t trust the reader to remember this insight the first, second, or third time he shares it This book was also useful in helping me to realize that we oversimplify when we refer in a general way to the ancient Greeks Are we talking about the dim antiquity of the Trojan War Of Homer s gathering and shaping of legends of it centuries later Of the flowering of science and philosophy on the Ionian coast Of Periclean Athens There was continuity, but also change One example of change not for the better is in the position of women in society, which seems to have been better in earlier days.In addition to overselling the author s central insight, the book suffers in general from being wordy and repetitive Phrases such as as I have said and as we shall see abound I savored in particular, it bears repeating My interest sagged in the middle of the book when the author retells material Herodotus reports for that, I d rather get it from the original S lincourt s love of Greek lyric poetry, however, is infectious, and he is especially good on Plato So on balance, I m glad I stuck it out He convinces me of the greatness of Sappho, makes me want to reread Homer and Sophocles, and try somePlato, For this, I m grateful


  6. Mark Mark says:

    This odd project from 1962 is a discussion and analysis of Herodotus Herodotus is fairly straightforward to read and the author mentions most of his stories just as an outline while adding his opinionated and now dated commentary on ancient Greek history and culture A final segment of the book adds discussion of Greek literature in general with large quoted extracts About 30% of the way into the book, one wonders whether it would be better to read one of the annotated translations of Herodo This odd project from 1962 is a discussion and analysis of Herodotus Herodotus is fairly straightforward to read and the author mentions most of his stories just as an outline while adding his opinionated and now dated commentary on ancient Greek history and culture A final segment of the book adds discussion of Greek literature in general with large quoted extracts About 30% of the way into the book, one wonders whether it would be better to read one of the annotated translations of Herodotus directly e.g The Landmark edition


  7. Nullaesomines Nullaesomines says:

    Good introductory study of the time period and background


  8. Karen Christian Karen Christian says:

    I will review this book when I have finished reading it.


  9. Daren Taylor Daren Taylor says:

    Nice overview of not only the period but the writings of Herodotus.


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