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A short commentary on Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War I.126-138

Herodotus presents us with a typically tragic tale of Polycrates that seems consistent with common hubristic themes in Greek tragedies. Amasis, the king of Egypt with whom Polycrates had a pact of friendship warns him of his overreaching successes that might cause offence to the gods ‘I cannot rejoice at your excessive prosperity.’ (III. 588 more words


Book Review of Thomas R. Martin's Herodotus and Sima Qian: The First Great Historians of Greece and China

THOMAS R. MARTIN. Herodotus and Sima Qian: The First Great Historians of Greece and China – A Brief History with Documents. (Bedford Series in History and Culture.) Boston: Bedford/St. 2,116 more words

What Are a Historian’s Most Important Skills?

The purpose of history (at least according to Leopold von Ranke) is ‘to show how things actually were’. There is much debate about the exact meaning of this phrase – does it provide a warrant only for literalism and the stating of fact, or does it give license, for example, for historians to write about how the past was in essence? 1,055 more words


The Histories (Herodotus)

The Histories by Herodotus (translated by Tom Holland) is an amazing piece of history that we are privileged to have after all of these years. I find it astonishing that I read the words written by a man who lived almost 2500 years ago. 300 more words

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