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Histories, The: A New Translation by Tom Holland

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  • Histories, The: A New Translation by Tom Holland 
    Title: Histories, The: A New Translation by Tom Holland
    Author: HERODOTUS
    Illustrator: HOLLAND TOM (TRANS)
    Format: HARDCOVER
    Publication date: 25/09/2013
    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    Price: $50.00
    Publishing status: Active

    Tom Holland, a master of writing popular?but impeccably researched history (Rubicon,?Persian Fire, Millennium), now turns his?attention to translation. His version of The?Histories does Herodotus of Halicarnassus?proud, showing how curious, quirky and funny?the great classical writer was. Written around?440 BC, The Histories is considered to be the?first-ever work of non-fiction and the first work?of history. It tells (among much else) the story?of the war between the Persian Empire and the?Greek city-states in the 5th century BC and is?full of bizarre stories and pieces of information?gathered by hearsay. Put simply, this book is?the source of much of what we know about?the ancient world and is essential reading for?anyone interested in classical history.

    'The two sides rained arrows down upon one another from a distance; then, when all their missiles were spent, they clashed and grappled together in close combat, stabbing with spears, fighting hand to hand with daggers.' The Histories of Herodotus of Halicarnassus is considered the first work of non-fiction and the first work of history. Written about 440 BC, The Histories tells (among much else) the story of the war between the Persian Empire and the Greek city-states in the 5th century BC. It is full of bizarre stories, hearsay and pieces of information gathered—and is the way we know much of what we know about the ancient world. Tom Holland presents Herodotus in a fresh modern translation, showing how curious and quirky he was, and often how funny. He makes this great storyteller compelling reading once more.

    ISBN: 9780713999778
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