Herodotus: A Very Short Introduction

Herodotus A Very Short Introduction Herodotus has come to be respected by most scholars as a responsible and important historian Herodotus was both a critical thinker and a lively storyteller a traveller who was both tourist and anthro

  • Title: Herodotus: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: Jennifer Tolbert Roberts
  • ISBN: 9780191620232
  • Page: 263
  • Format: ebook
  • Herodotus has come to be respected by most scholars as a responsible and important historian Herodotus was both a critical thinker and a lively storyteller, a traveller who was both tourist and anthropologist Like Homer, he set out to memorialize great deeds in words narrowly, he determined to discover the causes of the wars between Greece and Persia and to explainHerodotus has come to be respected by most scholars as a responsible and important historian Herodotus was both a critical thinker and a lively storyteller, a traveller who was both tourist and anthropologist Like Homer, he set out to memorialize great deeds in words narrowly, he determined to discover the causes of the wars between Greece and Persia and to explain them to his fellow Greeks In his hands, the Greeks unforeseeable defeat of the Persian kings Darius and Xerxes, with their vast hosts, made for fascinating storytelling Influenced by the work of the natural scientists and philosophers of his own and earlier eras, Herodotus also brought his literary talents to bear on a vast, unruly mass of information gathered from many interviews throughout his travels and left behind him the longest work that had ever been written in Greek the first work of history, and one whichcontinues to be read with enjoyment today Herodotus A Very Short Introduction introduces readers to what little is known of Herodotus s life and goes on to discuss all aspects of his work, including his fascination with his origins his travels his view of the world in relation to boundaries and their transgressions and his interest in seeing the world and learning about non Greek civilizations We also explore the recurring themes of his work, his beliefs in dreams, oracles, and omens, the prominence of women in his work,and his account of the battles of the Persian Wars.

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    1. هيرودوت: مقدمة قصيرة جداً ممتعة جداً هذه المقدمات القصيرة، ومفيدة كمدخل لأي موضوع تريد القراءة حوله، وأتمنى أن تواصل مؤسسة هنداوي مشروعها النبيل بترجمة ونشر المجموعة كاملة. في هذه المقدمة نتعرف أو نستزيد عن أبو التاريخ - كما يسمى - المؤرخ اليوناني هيرودوت، يعرض هذا الكتاب له [...]

    2. المواضيع التي تناقشها هذه السلسلة من مؤسسة هنداوي للتعليم والثقافة جميلة ومشوقة لكن سأفكر ألف مرة قبل قراءة إحدى المقدمات مجدداً.لأنه وبكل بساطة هذه المقدمات تتميز بحاجتها إلى مقدمات أخرى لتبسيطها وتوضيحها . أخطأت حينما قمت بقراءة هذا الكتاب قبل " تاريخ هيرودوت " لأن هذه الم [...]

    3. A thoughtful and thought provoking introduction to the "father of history," with particular focus on: H as a storyteller; the difference in outlook between H and other historians early and later, particularly Thucydides, whose approach to history is characterized as "maps and chaps"; H's views on other cultures and how he presented them as contrasts or progenitors to Greek values and practices; H's liberal treatment of women; whether he can justly be regarded as a "true" historian as opposed to [...]

    4. .مقدمة قصيرة عن "هيرودوتس المؤرخ والقاص المُلقب بأبو التاريخأسلوب الكتاب جينفير كان ممتاز، تلخيص وتقسيم حياة "هيرودوت بشكل ممتع وجميلتُعتبر المقدمة مفتاح رئيسي لقرءاة مجلدات"تاريخ هيرودوت العظيم"

    5. مقدمة طيبة وإن كُنت أرى فيها حشواً مبالغاً لتكون مقدمة، وأمور لا أظن بأهميتها لتكون ضمن هذه المقدمة ولكنه بعد كل شيء رأي الكاتبة وربما كان في رأي بعض قصور النظرلكن على أية حال، لا أعتقدني سأعتبره أفضل ما كُتب عن هيرودت.معالجتها لهيرودت المؤرخ في الفصل الأخير كانت جيدة حقيقةً [...]

    6. ابو التاريخ هل كان يكتب تاريخا حقا ، أشك فى ذلك فالثعابين المجنحة و النبؤات تجد لها مكانا بين ما كتب . تاريخ هيرودوت يحوي سردا لأحداث سمعها من آخرين حتي الجيل الثالث . لعل التاريخ نفسه لم يحوي سوي احداث افتعلها ملوك مدلسون و جنودا حمقي شكلوا معا سجلا حافلا لجرائم البشرية و حماق [...]

    7. البدايات الضيقة لبعض المواضيع الواسعة تبدا بمقدمة قصيرة لايمكنني إلا أن اقول أنني استمتعت جدا والأن مستعدة للدخول لتاريخ هيؤودوت العظيم هذا النوع من الكتب مفيد وقيم جدا

    8. I read this "very short introduction" to Herodotus because I decided to assign The Histories in its entirety for my first term course on pre-modern history at the U of O's Clark Honors College. This book adequately served the purpose I assigned to it: help me think about ways to structure the weeks I'm devoting to Herodotus (six class meetings). I found Roberts' overview of the Greek and Persian war very helpful; her treatment of ethnography and women was particularly well done. That said, the b [...]

    9. One often finds that books in the Very Short Introductions series are written in the dry academic register to which their authors are accustomed, which slightly inhibits their ability to communicate to the casual reader. Not so with this one; the author's passion for her subject is plain and imparted to the reader with feeling as well as with erudition. She covers the many different aspects of Herodotus' work, as historiographer, anthropologist, geographer and storyteller. I had already read - a [...]

    10. "What we find among the Greek and Roman historians is more often than not something like the ‘docudramas’ of modern times, a hybrid form in which minor characters disappear and composite ones are made up in order to draw attention to the underlying dynamics at issue."This was a pretty good introduction though, I have become so familiarized with The Histories that I found myself disagreeing with the authors points a couple times, and there were a few eye rolling moments, but those were balanc [...]

    11. I am a bit suspicious, and perhaps a bit embarrassed, reading these short introductions, but this one was quite helpful.I've been wanting to read Herodotus since reading the English Patient. I have been intimidated by its size and strangeness. This introduction was quite helpful in giving me a sense of what to expect when I do get to read the Histories. Clearly written, good discussions of various opinions and fair judgements. What more could I want.

    12. This was a Very short introduction. I almost think it too short to be of any practical benefit. If you know absolutely nothing about Herodotus, you might gain something by reading this work, but I would suggest instead "The World Of Herodotus" By Selicourt, or even better, just read Herodotus himself.

    13. I began reading this book because I (incorrectly) thought it would discuss Herodotus's writing style. Instead it recounts several stories from various books of "The Histories" highlighting the peculiarities of several classical personalities. Nonetheless, if you are unfamiliar with Herodotus and his work this is a good overview.

    14. Excellent little book that accomplishes what it sets out to do very well: Introduces and discusses Herodotus, themes he uses, his status as an historian, ethnographer, etc. One of the best Very Short Introductions I've seen.

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