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The Histories

The Histories
Author: Herodotus
ISBN 13: 9780140449082
ISBN 10: 140449086
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2003-04-29
Format: Paperback
Pages: 771
List Price: $13.00

Herodotus is not only the father of the art and the science of historical writing but also one of the Western tradition's most compelling storytellers. In tales such as that of Gyges-who murders Candaules, the king of Lydia, and usurps his throne and his marriage bed, thereby bringing on, generations later, war with the Persians-Herodotus laid bare the intricate human entanglements at the core of great historical events. In his love for the stranger, more marvelous facts of the world, he infused his magnificent history with a continuous awareness of the mythic and the wonderful. For more than a hundred generations, his supple, lucid prose has drawn readers into his panoramic vision of the war between the Greek city-states and the great empire to the east.