Ancient History & Civilisation

The Histories - by Herodotus

The Histories

One of the masterpieces of classical literature, the "Histories" describes how a small and quarrelsome band of Greek city states united to repel the might of the Persian empire. But while this epic struggle forms the core of his work, Herodotus' natural curiosity frequently gives rise to colorful digressions - a description of the natural wonders of Egypt; an account of European lake-dwellers; and far-fetched accounts of dog-headed men and gold-digging ants. With its kaleidoscopic blend of fact and legend, the "Histories" offers a compelling Greek view of the world of the fifth century BC.

Part I - Revolution

INTRODUCTION

TRANSLATOR’S NOTE

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

TIMELINE FOR HERODOTUS’ HISTORIES

BOOK ONE. PROLOGUES, CROESUS OF LYDIA AND CYRUS OF PERSIA

BOOK TWO. EGYPT: GEOGRAPHY, CUSTOMS, HISTORY, TALES

BOOK THREE. PERSIAN CONQUEST OF EGYPT, SAMOS, KING DAREIOS OF PERSIA

BOOK FOUR. SCYTHIA AND DAREIOS’ FAILURE, NORTH AFRICA

BOOK FIVE. THE IONIANS REVOLT, THE ATHENIANS ASSIST

BOOK SIX. THE IONIAN DEFEAT, SPARTA AND ATHENS,THE MARATHON CAMPAIGN

BOOK SEVEN. XERXES’ EXPEDITION INTO GREECE, BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE

BOOK EIGHT. BATTLE OF ARTEMISION, ATHENS ABANDONED, BATTLE OF SALAMIS

BOOK NINE. BATTLES OF PLATAIA AND MYCALE; EPILOGUES

APPENDIX 1 - A Note on Greek Clothing

APPENDIX 2 - Weights, Measures, Money, and Distances

EXPLANATORY NOTES

BOOK ONE. PROLOGUES, CROESUS OF LYDIA AND CYRUS OF PERSIA

BOOK TWO. EGYPT: GEOGRAPHY, CUSTOMS, HISTORY, TALES

BOOK THREE. PERSIAN CONQUEST OF EGYPT, SAMOS, KING DAREIOS OF PERSIA

BOOK FOUR. SCYTHIA AND DAREIOS’ FAILURE, NORTH AFRICA

BOOKS FIVE AND SIX. THE IONIAN DEFEAT, SPARTA AND ATHENS,THE MARATHON CAMPAIGN - THE IONIANS REVOLT, THE ATHENIANS ASSIST

BOOKS SEVEN TO NINE: THE WAR IN GREECE

BOOK SEVEN. XERXES’ EXPEDITION INTO GREECE, BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE

BOOK EIGHT. BATTLE OF ARTEMISION, ATHENS ABANDONED, BATTLE OF SALAMIS

BOOK NINE. BATTLES OF PLATAIA AND MYCALE; EPILOGUES

TEXTUAL NOTES

GLOSSARY OF GREEK TERMS

GLOSSARY OF FOREIGN WORDS USED BY HERODOTUS

INDEX OF PROPER NAMES

MAPS