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A Commentary on Herodotus: Volume I: Books I-IV by W. W. How, Joseph Wells

A Commentary on Herodotus: Volume I: Books I-IV


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A Commentary on Herodotus: Volume I: Books I-IV by W. W. How, Joseph Wells

Ancient critics called Herodotus 'the father of history'. He was in fact the first to research and verify the events of the past (historie) and then to relate their consequences to the present. His Histories focus on the struggle between Persia and Greece from the time of Croesus to that of Xerxes, though frequent digressions provide a wealth of information on customs and cultures of peoples foreign to the Greeks. This new paperback edition of How and Wells's standard commentary (in print continuously since 1912) deals with the first four books (out of nine), covering Persia from Croesus to Cyrus, up to Darius' expedition against the Scythians and Libyans. In addition to the detailed commentary, aimed primarily at students, it includes short introductory summaries of certain sections of text, a full introduction describing Herodotus' life and composition of the Histories, and fifteen appendices dealing with problems concerning the text and content of these four books.


'the Introduction and notes ... remain, and not undeservedly so, a standard work of reference so that any cheap edition is much to be welcomed'

& Rome, Vol XXXVII No 1 April 1990

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Publication date

9th February 1989


W. W. How, Joseph Wells

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Oxford University Press


470 pages


European history
Ancient history: to c 500 CE
General & world history
Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
Literary essays



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