Herodotus book 2 histories

Im becomming a little obsessed with history after getting this book. Jul 01, 2001 free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by project gutenberg. The internet classics archive the history of herodotus. His plan to conquer egypt gives herodotus the opportunity to dedicate three logoi to the ancient kingdom on the. Written about 440 bc, the histories tell the story of the war between the persian empire and the greek citystates in the 5th century bc. Book 2 of the history, which describes the egyptian land and people, illustrates herodotuss skill as a narrator as well as his weaknesses as a historian. The histories herodotus translated by george rawlinson book 1 these are the researches of herodotus of halicarnassus, which he publishes, in the hope of thereby preserving from decay the remembrance of what men have done, and of preventing the great and wonderful actions of the greeks and the barbarians from. So its fitting that, through herodotus book, the english patient reveals his own history. Herodotus of halicarnassus here displays his inquiry, so that human. Herodotus describes the birth and rise to power of cyrus, who liberated persia from the medes, and the subsequent expansion of the persian empire until cyrus death during a war with the massagetae.

Summary of and commentary on herodotus histories, book 7, 2015 your bibliography. Herodotus histories book ii classical wisdom weekly. Numbers provided in square brackets or parentheses refer to the page numbers in this edition. Almasy keeps this book with him everywhere he goes, a fat volume that could explode at any moment like george costanzas wallet. Histiaeus goes to sardis, where artaphrenes accuses him of being the author of the ionian revolt 1. At the beginning of the histories, herodotus sets out his reasons for writing it. The main characters of this classics, non fiction story are. The biblical writers borrowed from it to create characters. Godley, read by librivox volunteers, proofed, coordinated, and produced by karen merline. Find a summary of this and each chapter of histories. The egyptians in agreement with their climate, which is unlike any other, and with the river, which shows a nature different from all other rivers, established for themselves manners and customs in a way opposite to other men in almost all matters. The history of herodotus volume 1 by herodotus free ebook. The history book ii book 2 is named after the greek muse euterpe. It is a quadruped, clovenfooted, with hoofs like an ox, and a flat nose.

The history of herodotus book i the first book of the histories, called clio this is the showing forth of the inquiry of herodotus of halicarnassos, to the end that1 neither the deeds of men may be forgotten by lapse of time, nor the works 2 great and marvellous, which have been produced some by hellenes and some by barbarians, may. Summary of and commentary on herodotus histories, book 7 2015. Herodotus histories by herodotus of halicarnassus free. Nile river overflows every year, flooding the surrounding lands as far as 2 days of travel. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by project gutenberg. I also purchased the histories from barnes and noble with translation by g. He is known for having written the book the histories greek.

It has the mane and tail of a horse, huge tusks which are very conspicuous, and a voice like a horses neigh. The histories 19 messengers in different directions, some to delphi, some to abae in phocis, and some to dodona. Chapter summary for herodotuss histories, book 2 the history of egypt summary. Histories by herodotus translated by george rawlinson book 4 melpomene. One of the most important works of history in western literature, by the freshest and liveliest of all classical greek prose authors, herodotus s histories is also a key text for the study of ancient greece and the persian empire.

The history book ii great books of the western world. Cassandane had died in the lifetime of cyrus, who had made a great mourning for her at her death. The histories, herodotus the histories of herodotus is the founding work of history in western literature. Sep 21, 20 herodotus traveled extensively around the ancient world, conducting interviews and collecting stories for his book. One of the most important works of history in western literature, by the freshest and liveliest of all classical greek prose authors, herodotuss histories is also a key text for the study of ancient greece and the persian empire. Creation, by gore vidal, interpreting many scenes from the persian viewpoint. Histories book 2 the history of egypt summary course hero.

Herodotus traveled extensively around the ancient world, conducting interviews and collecting stories for his book. The history of herodotus has been divided into the following sections. The histories, however, is one of those books where an audiobook helps. The histories rediscovered books and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle. Book 1 book 2 book 3 book 4 book 5 book 6 book 7 book 8 book 9 2. Herodotus histories book ii the second book of the histories, called euterpe 1. Cassandane had died in the lifetime of cyrus, who had made a great mourning for her at her death, and had commanded all the subjects of his empire to observe the like. The history of herodotus, parallel englishgreek index. For anyone with even the slightest interest in ancient history, herodotuss history is compulsory reading an authentic voice from the past that takes us back into the 5th and 6th centuries bce, to let us witness the epochmaking confrontation between the greeks and the all powerful persian empire. Cambyses becomes king of the persian empire 530522 bc. Now the egyptians, before the time when psammetichos1 became king.

Before herodotus, no writer had ever made such a systematic, thorough study of the past or tried to explain. On the death of cyrus, cambyses his son by cassandane daughter of pharnaspes took the kingdom. His plan to conquer egypt gives herodotus the opportunity. Book i 299k book ii 249k book iii 221k book iv 230k book v 162k book vi 174k book vii 286k book viii 179k book ix 168k download. Consider for example his opening statement in the beginning of the book.

The book was published in multiple languages including english, consists of 716 pages and is available in paperback format. Written about 440 bc, the histories tell the story of the war between the persian empire and the greek citystates in the 5th. This work has been summarized using the university of chicago edition transl. For anyone with even the slightest interest in ancient history, herodotuss history is compulsory reading an authentic voice from the past that takes us back into the 5th and 6th centuries bce, to let us witness the epochmaking confrontation between the. The audiobook gives you a good pace and forcemarches you through to the end. Euterpe on the death of cyrus, cambyses his son by cassandane daughter of pharnaspes took the kingdom. The history of herodotus book i the first book of the histories, called clio this is the showing forth of the inquiry of herodotus of halicarnassos, to the end that1 neither the deeds of men may be forgotten by lapse of time, nor the works2 great and marvellous, which have been produced some by hellenes and some by barbarians, may. Herodotus covers the empires geography, social structure, and history before describing the events which led to xerxes invasion of greece and the greek citystates uniting to defeat his army. Herodotus was an ancient greek historian who lived in the fift.

In book 2, herodotus discusses the geography, culture, and history of egypt. The history of herodotus, volume 2, free pdf global grey. Pharaoh, by boleslaw prus, incorporating the labyrinth scenes inspired by herodotus description in book ii of the histories. Herodotus will give his account, starting with the four nations between the two seas, then describing the asian peninsula. Herodotus attempts to relate the whole history of the kings of egypt, although he does not describe all 350 pharaohs he claims have ruled the country. I really enjoyed this book because it is the first book of history ever written by man. Herodotus read his book aloud at athens and in many. Later, sataspes, an achaimenid persian, raped a girl who was the granddaughter of megabyzos but since his mother was sister to.

When cyrus had brought his life to an end, cambyses received the royal power in succession, being the son of cyrus and of cassandane the daughter of pharnaspes, for whose death, which came about before his own, cyru. This is the story which i heard from the priests of hephaestus temple at memphis. Oct 29, 2019 i really enjoyed this book because it is the first book of history ever written by man. Charles fornara was a pioneer in herodotean studies by showing how deeply the histories reflected on the political and intellectual conditions of the authors own time, but he considered book 2 as an exception, representing an early stage within herodotus development. The histories by herodotus book ii, euterpe knowitall to. The history of herodotus by herodotus, part of the internet classics archive. Enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. It is in part a gripping and much revered tale of colossal confrontation between freedomloving greekspeaking peoples the athenians, spartans, and others and the seemingly unstoppable forces of the persians. Book 1 book 2 book 3 book 4 book 5 book 6 book 7 book 8 book 9 4.

Moreover the naming of almost all the gods has come to hellas from egypt. Herodotus lays out the history of egypt until the reign of amasis, the pharaoh that cambyses will defeat in histories. Herodotus claims to have traveled extensively around the ancient world, conducting interviews and collecting stories for his book, almost all of which covers territories of the persian empire. The histories was at some point through the ages divided into the nine books of modern editions, conventionally named after the muses.

Cassandane had died in the lifetime of cyrus, who had made a great mourning for her at her death, and had commanded all the. Herodotuss history is an account of the grecopersian wars 499479 bce and the story of the growth and organization of the persian empire. In the meantime those of the persians who had been left behind in europe by dareios, of whom megabazos was the commander, had subdued the people of perinthos first of the hellespontians, since they refused to be subject to dareios. The first edition of the novel was published in 440, and was written by herodotus. The herodotus histories was starting to interest me after appearing on the searches, but didnt purchase until researching more what it was about.

Herodotus seems to have traveled extensively around the ancient world, conducting interviews and collecting stories for his book. Then you can start reading kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer no kindle device required. Greek researcher, often called the worlds first historian. Pdf the histories book by herodotus free download 716. Asia abounding in men, and vast sums flowing into the treasury, the desire seized him to exact vengeance from the. The hippopotamus, in the canton of papremis, is a sacred animal, but not in any other part of egypt. Book i 299k book ii 249k book iii 221k book iv 230k book v 162k book vi 174k. Pdf the histories book by herodotus free download 716 pages.

Reading herodotus, one can often get bogged down in the loops of geography, people, history, culture and meandre through miles of esoterica. Gates of fire, by stephen pressfield, has the battle of thermopylae book vii as its centrepiece. Free download or read online the histories pdf epub book. The history of herodotus, parallel englishgreek, tr. To read the history herodotus only book is to seek ones roots as a member of western democratic civilization. The internet classics archive the history of herodotus by. The legacy of the histories herodotus was a greek writer and geographer credited with being the first historian.

The aim of this paper is to show that book 2 can be seen as a coherent part of the histories as a whole, looking in. Herodotus often accepted stories and reputations uncritically and reported them as facts. Written in 440 bc in the ionic dialect of classical greek, the histories serves as a record of the ancient traditions, politics, geography, and clashes of various cultures that were known in western asia, northern africa and greece at that time. Nechos, king of egypt, sent phoenicians to sail around libya, back through the pillars of herakles, into the mediterranean and back to egypt. The history of herodotus by herodotus written 440 b. This is the story which i heard from the priests of hephaestus2 temple at memphis. Prior to that were the illiad and the oddyse by homer during the 700s b. The history of herodotus rawlinsonbook 2 wikisource, the free. A 1464k textonly version is available for download. The histories of herodotus of halicarnassus is considered the first work of history in western literature. Herodotus spent his entire life working on just one project. The rise of the persian empire is chronicled, and the causes for the conflict.

The biblical writers borrowed from it to create characters such as the judges samson. Herodotus book 2 and the unity of the work oxford scholarship. In the histories, he describes the expansion of the achaemenid empire under its kings cyrus the great, cambyses, and darius i the great, culminating in xerxes expedition to greece 480 bce, which met with disaster in the naval engagement at salamis and the battles at plataea and mycale. Book i 299k book ii 249k book iii 221k book iv 230k book v 162k book vi 174k book vii 286k book viii 179k. Histiaeus flees to chios, where he is accepted after initial mistrust 2.

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