Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Herodotus, The Greek Historian

Prof Christopher Pelling explores the work of the great Greek historian Herodotus on BBC Radio 3, whose The Histories, the story of the Greco-Persian war in the 5th century BC, was considered the first work of history in western literature. Here's the opening:

This is the display of the inquiry of Herodotus of Halicarnassus, so that things done by humans not be forgotten in time, and that great and marvelous deeds, some displayed by the Hellenes, some by the barbarians, not lose their glory, including among others what was the cause of their waging war on each other.

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