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A history of Latin part 2: history vs. the past

The Latin-speaking people who lived in central Italy around 800 BCE were not, from a historian’s point of view, very interesting. They were just one group of semi-nomadic herders among many, and their language was just one Indo-European language among many. 423 more words

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Thucydides: Introduction

Today I leave behind my study of Greek tragedy and begin the second true history work of my Great Books project. Thucydides was a younger contemporary and sometime protégé of… 1,130 more words


Captain Joseph Fry: A Little Known American Hero

One of the chief delights of reading volumes published during the 19th century about the American Civil comes in discovering the stories of heroes often overlooked by modern historians.   1,252 more words


Herodotus on Egyptian Women

‘The Egyptians appear to have reversed the ordinary practices of mankind. Women attend markets and are employed in trade, while men stay at home and do the weaving! 59 more words


Illness strikes men when they are exposed to change. – Herodotus

Tom Holland and Herodotus

I am a bit busy with GCSE revision and school-play costuming right now, but here’s a special comic to tide you over.

Tom Holland, Historian and writer… 69 more words


Astyages' Thanksgiving Banquet

If you wandered through the ports and festivals of the Aegean 2500 years ago, Herodotus would tell you a story about Astyages’ banquet. One day Astyages the king of the Medes went to his lieutenant Harpagos and ordered him to take the newborn son of Astyages’ daughter Mandane and kill him, because he had dreamed that this son would become king of the world, and because the boy’s father was no Mede but a Persian. 488 more words