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"The purpose [of this book] is to prevent the traces of human events from being erased by time, and to preserve the fame of the important and remarkable achievements produced by both Greeks and non-Greeks" (The Histories, 1. Proemium).

The Histories

Author: 

Herodotus

484 BCE – 420 BCE
Dates are approximate

Historian of the Persian empire, the Greek city-states, and the conflict between the two. “Of Herodotus of Halicarnassus, this is the presentation of his inquiry, so that human events may not be effaced by time, and the great and marvelous deeds/accomplishments, both those displayed by the Greeks and by the barbarians, may not be without glory, including other things and especially the cause for which they went to war with one another.”

Essays on Core Questions

Democracy in Herodotus, Democracy in America

Democracy in Herodotus, Democracy in America

Credit: 
Charles McNamara, PhD Candidate in Classics, Columbia University. 2010.
Date: 
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Core Theme: 

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