Reading Herodotus: A Guided Tour Through the Wild Boars, Dancing Suitors, and Crazy Tyrants of <i>The History</i>

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JHU Press, 10/lug/2012 - 329 pagine
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Debra Hamel’s book is a lively introduction to The History of the Persian Wars, Herodotus's account of Persia's expansion under four kings—Cyrus, Cambyses, Darius, and Xerxes—and its eventual collision with the city-states of Greece.

The History can be a long slog for modern readers, but it is full of salacious tales about sex, violent death, divine prophecies, and cannibals. Following the structure of the original work, Hamel leads the reader through a colorful tour of the central stories that compose The History. She highlights the more interesting and important parts of the story while providing readers who are new to Herodotus with the background information necessary to appreciate the author’s wide-ranging subject matter. At once academic and cheeky, the experience of this book is like reading Herodotus while simultaneously consulting a history of Greece and a scholarly commentary on the text.

  

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Indice

Introduction
1
The Story of Croesus of Lydia
7
The Story of Cyrus the Great
35
The Egyptian Logos
60
The Reign of Cambyses
78
The Stories of Polycrates and Periander
98
The Early Reign of Darius the Great
111
Darius Scythian Campaign
136
The Second Persian War to the Battle of Thermopylae
206
The Battles at Artemisium and Salamis
240
The Battles of Plataea and Mycale and the Siege of Sestus
269
Xerxes Heralds and the Medizing of the Greek States 7131132
291
Notes
293
Translations
301
Bibliography
303
Index of Literary Texts Cited
317

The Libyan Logos
149
The Ionian Revolt and PostPisistratid Athens
159
The First Persian War
181

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Informazioni sull'autore (2012)

Debra Hamel is an independent scholar and the author of Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece.

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