Herodotus Histories Book 1
Author(s): Edited with Introduction and Notes by Carolyn Dewald, Rosaria Vignolo Munson
Publication Date: 15-09-2022
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In the Histories, which could loosely be translated as 'Investigations' or 'Researches,' Herodotus tells how the Persian Empire began, grew, and then met defeat in Greece in his parents' generation. Book 1 begins that story. It introduces both the world in which the Persian imperial war machine began to operate and then expanded, and Herodotus' own procedures in undertaking the ambitious task he has set himself. This edition helps intermediate and advanced students to read the book in the original Greek and will also be of interest to advanced scholars. The Commentary provides information about dialect, grammatical forms, syntax, and other properties of his language. In addition, the Introduction and the Commentary engage in literary interpretation and explore Herodotus' value as a historian, his immense curiosity, and the attention he devotes to the customs, beliefs, concrete realities, and myths of other cultures.
- Tackles students' frequent difficulties with translation and the identification of grammatical constructions through the frequent use of literal translation and references to the two main grammars available
- Explains Herodotus' Ionian dialect and particularly for the early parts of the Book often provides an Attic equivalent
- Uses thorough introductory essays, commentary and explanatory notes to help the student understand the complex themes and narrative strategies of the work