The Landmark Herodotus:
The Histories
Edited by Robert B. Strassler

Herodotus was a Greek historian living in Ionia during the fifth century b.c.e. He traveled extensively through the lands of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea and collected stories, and then recounted his experiences with the varied people and cultures he encountered. Cicero called him “the father of history,” and his only work, The Histories, is considered the first true piece of historical writing in Western literature. With lucid prose that harks back to the time of oral tradition, Herodotus set a standard for narrative nonfiction that continues to this day.
In The Histories, Herodotus chronicles the rise of the Persian Empire and its dramatic war with the Greek city-states. Within that story he includes rich veins of anthropology, ethnography, geology, and geography, pioneering these fields of study, and explores such universal themes as the nature of freedom, the role of religion, the human costs of war, and the dangers of absolute power.
Ten years in the making, The Landmark Herodotus gives us a new, dazzling translation by Andrea L. Purvis that makes this remarkable work of literature more accessible than ever before. Illustrated, annotated, and filled with maps, this edition also includes an introduction by Rosalind Thomas and twenty-one appendices written by scholars at the top of their fields, covering such topics as Athenian government, Egypt, Scythia, Persian arms and tactics, the Spartan state, oracles, religion, tyranny, and women.
The Landmark Herodotus is destined to be the most readable and comprehensively useful edition of The Histories available.
7 3/8 x 9 1/4, Hardcover, Paperback
Pantheon and Anchor Books
Bust of Herodotus
Bust of Herodotus
“[The Landmark Herodotus is] the
  most densely annotated, richly
  illustrated, and user-friendly edition
  of his histories ever to appear.”    
                            —Daniel Mendelsohn,
                               The New Yorker
Eupalinos’ tunnel
Croesus on the pyre
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Julius Caesar
Xenophon, Anabasis
“The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.”
       —Herodotus, The Histories