Herodotus: Histories Book VIII by HerodotusHerodotus: Histories Book VIII by Herodotus

Herodotus: Histories Book VIII

byHerodotusEditorA. M. Bowie

Paperback | January 7, 2008

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The Battle of Salamis was the first great (and unexpected) victory of the Greeks over the Persian forces under Xerxes, whose defeat had important consequences for the subsequent history and self-image of Europe. This battle forms the centre-piece of book VIII of Herodotus' Histories. The book also illuminates Greek views of themselves and of peoples from the East, the problematic relationships between different Greek states in the face of the invasion, and the role of the divine in history. This introduction and commentary pays particular attention to the history and culture of Achaemenid Persia and the peoples of its empire. It offers much help with the language of the text (which has been prepared for ease of reading), and deals with major literary and historical questions. It will be of especial use to intermediate and advanced Greek students, but also provides up-to-date scholarly materials for graduate students and professional classicists.
Herodotus was the inventor of universal history. Often called the Father of History, his histories are divided into nine books named after the nine muses. A native of Halicarnassus on the coast of Asia Minor (modern Bodrum, Turkey), he traveled extensively, writing lively descriptions of the lands he saw and the peoples he encountered....
Title:Herodotus: Histories Book VIIIFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:January 7, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521575710

ISBN - 13:9780521575713


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Medes and Persians; 2. Greeks and Persians; 3. Xerxes in Herodotus; 4. Achaemenid campaigns; 5. Battle of Book 8; 6. Structure and narrative modes; 7. The language of Herodotus; 8. Life of Herodotus; 9. The text; Commentary.

Editorial Reviews

We heartily recommend this volume as an introduction to Herodotos' Greek and methods of presentation. Bowie's strengths include extensive information on Near Eastern institutions and the Achaemenid Empire as well as Greek misunderstandings of them.---Bryn Mawr Classical Review