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    Herodotus Herodotus(Author),William Beloe(Author)

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  • By Ezzzz03 on October 10, 2017

    I was actually pretty surprised when I first opened this book that I've wanted and sought after for a while..I collect antique and 1st edition books, and while this sort of brings flashbacks of high school textbooks, the volume was printed in the 40's... And that being the case, the condition it's in looking as if it rolled off shelves last week, is really amazing to me. The copy I'd received was very clearly never opened or read by anyone before me. It's been waiting 70+ years to make its way to my bookshelf:)What can I say, except It's my opinion that having a decent familiarity with Herodotus and how lucky the world is to have had him fill in the blanks of so much history that'd be otherwise long forgotten. The content of the book is amazing, and the quality, though not fancy or having any singular appearances, the fact it's a 70+ year old volume in mint condition having never been opened made tis purchase even better.

  • By Eustathios on February 4, 2013

    This is a review of Michael A. Flower's and John Marincola's commentary on Book IX of Herodotus's Histories for the Cambridge green and yellow series. Book IX is the final book of Herodotus's Histories and contains, among other things, Herodotus's accounts of the Battles of Plataea and Mycale, the immediate aftermath of the Persians' defeat in and withdrawal from mainland Greece, and the Siege of Sestos. F&M are particularly interested in showing how Book IX achieves closure for the Histories as a whole and how it prefigures the political-cultural landscape of the mid-late fifth century BC, when Herodotus was writing, so a reader interested in Herodotus's aspirations/agenda as a historian and author and how Herodotus's narrative anticipates later (particularly Athenian) historical developments will find this commentary particularly enlightening.This edition consists of a 50 page introduction, 50 pages of Greek text, about 215 pages of commentary, four brief appendices occupying 11 pages, a very comprehensive bibliography of almost 20 pages (current through 2002), and two indexes (one for Greek terms, and one for general topics). The authors provide enough grammatical and lexical help that a student in his or her third or fourth year of studying Greek should be able to read Book IX with little difficulty using the commentary, and the majority of the notes in fact are primarily designed to help with translation. However, the discussions of literary and historical issues are fairly complex and clearly pitched to an advanced audience, so this edition is probably not suitable for a student reading Greek prose for the first time (Amy Barbour's classic textbook "Selections from Herodotus" or Blaise Nagy's more recent "Herodotus Reader" are better options in this respect). Unlike many modern commentaries on the works of ancient historians, the treatment of historiographic problems is balanced quite well with discussions of the literary qualities of Herodotus's text. Delineating Herodotus's appropriation of Homeric language and ideology, for example, is accorded just as much importance as evaluating the historical accuracy of Herodotus's narrative. Readers who are interested in Herodotus from either a literary critical angle or from a historical angle will therefore both find useful material in this commentary.There are number of other features of this edition that are worthy of note. The introduction - in addition to containing the usual accounts of Herodotus's life and times, an overview of his style and techniques as an author/historian, a very brief reckoning of the manuscripts, and an analysis of the major themes, characters, and events of Book IX - also includes a concise guide to Herodotus's Ionic dialect, giving readers who are only familiar with Attic prose a handy aid for identifying and understanding Ionic forms. The four appendices provide Greek texts of and commentary on primary sources that complement the narrative of Book IX (i.e. Simonides' poem on Plataea, the putative dedication of the seer Teisamenus, and the so-called 'Oath of Plataea') as well as a list of the troops composing the Greek and Persian battle lines at Plataea.It is not possible in a short review to enumerate all the different questions and issues F&M cover in their notes, but I will say that their commentary is one of the most wide-ranging, erudite, and thought-provoking that I have encountered in this or any other series of commentaries on ancient texts. It is one of the few commentaries on the market that attempts to address ALL aspects of a text in detail while still prioritizing providing grammatical help to the student-reader, and on the whole it succeeds remarkably well in doing so. Moreover, the commentary is composed in a very straight-forward and engaging style and is often quite entertaining. For example, as part of a note on Herodotus's account of the seer Hegesistratus, who had to escape a Spartan prison by mutilating his foot so that he could wrest it free from the chain that bound it, F&M remark (pg.177) with perfect aplomb: "Two physicians have confirmed for us that Hegesistratus could have survived and not bled to death before reaching Tegea".In short, then, this commentary combines magisterial learning with judicious organization and presentation, and should definitely be read by anyone with a few years of Greek and a serious interest in Herodotus and Greek History.

  • By Guest on July 27, 2014

    More difficult to read and understand than Volume 1.

  • By Gene D. Davis on July 17, 2013

    If you have to read a history, it's hard to beat Herodotus. Interesting and entertaining. Sure there is a lot of fiction, especially in the private conversations, but it's still great to read. The Greeks are all studdly and the Persians, excuse me, Medes, are such wimps. I still think Moses got shafted. He wrote hundreds of years before Herodotus, yet Herodotus is the "Father of History"?

  • By Raymond Goulet on December 1, 2012

    Translation is very literal which can make it a challenge to understand at times. Otherwise, a great historical account of ancient Greek history.

  • By John F on February 22, 2015

    Great Buy!

  • By farhana masri on February 6, 2013

    another great book about rome..watching the rome series on tv got me interested in ancient rome and it's history. highly recommend

  • By Kindle Customer on May 6, 2014

    Herodotus is mostly about wars that were fought during his time of writing. It is slow reading, because of the way it was written. We don't talk like that nowadays.He gives some insight into the Kings he wrote about and how cruel most Kings could be. The Persians (Includes the Babylonians and Medes) invented crucifixion and the Romans used it. There are many interesting stories in the text, but you have to read a lot to get them. It seems he had gained a reputation as a historian and was received almost everywhere he went. He sheds a lot of light on the Oracles of Prophecy that many went to for guidance.There are a lot of mentions about the Phoenicians and Carthaginians I am researching. The Phoenicians were involved in war a lot more than one would think, being traders.He tells about the Amazon women and how they fought like men. It is worth the effort, if you like history.


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