The Histories

Author : Herodotus
ISBN : 9780141393773
Genre : History
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The Histories of Herodotus, completed in the second half of the 5th century BC, is generally regarded as the first work of history and the first great masterpiece of non-fiction writing. Few history books since can compare for sheer drama with Herodotus's narrative of the Persian invasions of Greece. His accounts of the great battles of Marathon and Thermopylae, of Salamis and Plataea, retain to this day a matchless epic quality. More than this, though, The Histories is also the source of much of our knowledge of the ancient world. Herodotus was an endlessly curious man, and gathered information about the world around him from as many people and places as he could investigate. History was only the beginning of his interests. Whether it was the pyramids of Egypt, the cannabis habit of the Scythians, the flora and fauna of Arabia or the table dancing of the Athenian aristocracy, he was fascinated by them all. To this day, phrases derived from The Histories - from 'rich as Croesus' to 'tall poppy syndrome' - are part of the mental furniture even of those who haven't read him. Sometimes he is sceptical, and sometimes credulous, but his love of recounting what he has learned never ceases. Above all, as Tom Holland says in his introduction, "Herodotus is the most entertaining of historians. Indeed he is as entertaining as anyone who has ever written - historian or not." This absorbing new translation, by one of Britain's most admired young historians, allows all the drama and mysteriousness of this great book to be fully appreciated by modern readers. The sources of our information about the world are now more in flux than they have been for generations: there could be few better moments to read and reflect upon the book which first sought to organise knowledge. TOM HOLLAND is the author of Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic, which won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Persian Fire, his history of the Graeco-Persian wars, won the Anglo-Hellenic League's Runciman Award in 2006. His most recent book, In the Shadow of the Sword, describes the collapse of Roman and Persian power in the Near East, and the emergence of Islam. He has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for the BBC, and is the presenter of BBC Radio 4's Making History. In 2007, he was the winner of the Classical Association Prize awarded to 'the individual who has done most to promote the study of the language, literature and civilisation of Ancient Greece and Rome'. He served two years as the Chair of the Society of Authors 2009-11, and is currently on the committee of the Classical Association. PAUL CARTLEDGE is the inaugural A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge and President of the Fellowship, Clare College. His numerous books include Sparta and Lakonia: A Regional History 1300-362 BC; The Greeks: A Portrait of Self and Others; The Cambridge Illustrated History of Ancient Greece (winner of the John D. Criticos Prize); Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed the World; Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice; and Ancient Greece. A Very Short Introduction. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, holds the Gold Cross of the Order of Honour (conferred by the President of the Hellenic Republic) and is an Honorary Citizen of Sparti, Greece.
Category: History

Herodotus The Histories

Author : Selincourt Aubrey de
ISBN : OCLC:318988928
Genre : Greece
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Category: Greece

The Histories

Author : Tacitus
ISBN : 9780141942483
Genre : History
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In AD68 Nero's suicide marked the end of the first dynasty of imperial Rome. The following year was one of drama and danger, though not of chaos. In the surviving books of his Histories the barrister-historian Tacitus, writing some thirty years after the events he describes, gives us a detailed account based on excellent authorities. In the 'long but single year' of revolution four emperors emerge in succession: Galba, Otho, Vitellius and Vespasian - who established the Flavian dynasty. Rhiannon Ash stays true to the spirit of Wellesley's prose whilst making the translation more accessible to modern readers.
Category: History

Ein Portr T Des K Nstlers Als Junger Mann

Author : James Joyce
ISBN : 9783641156015
Genre : Fiction
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Der beste Einstieg in die Welt des James Joyce Mit dieser in Dublin spielenden, autobiografisch gefärbten Coming-of-Age-Geschichte schrieb sich James Joyce in die Weltliteratur ein. Thematisch steckt in diesem aufsehenerregenden Roman schon ein Großteil dessen, was den berühmten Iren ausmacht: Kunst, Sex, Religion, Rebellion und all die damit einhergehenden Verwicklungen. Ein Junge macht sich auf die Suche nach sich selbst. Anfangs noch ganz im Bannkreis von Konventionen und Autoritäten, entdeckt er nach und nach seine geistigen Fähigkeiten, seine zwiespältige Gefühlswelt und seine Sexualität. Die Hürden seiner Selbstfindung sind vielfältig, muss er sich doch als angehender Künstler von Übervätern emanzipieren. Auch mit der puritanischen Rolle der katholischen Kirche setzt er sich auseinander. Zwischen Moral und Amoral, Anpassung und Auflehnung entwickelt er schließlich den Mut, eigene Wege zu beschreiten. Joyce’ Roman ist ein Spiegelbild der politischen Situation seiner Epoche und ein grandioses Bekenntnis zum freiheitsstiftenden Potenzial der Kunst.
Category: Fiction

Herodotus Persian Wars

Author : Stephen Usher
ISBN : UVA:X002030909
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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This companion, keyed to the Penguin translation of Aubrey de Selincourt, is to those parts of Herodotus' history that tell the story of Marathon, Salamis and the final Persian retreat: books 7-9 with parts of books 5 and 6. The introduction concentrates on the political and literary background to Herodotus' writing, and includes a brief historical account of the whole work. The commentary which forms the bulk of the book explains differences of interpretation and constantly reveals the bias and intent of Herodotus' sources. There is frequent emphasis on the importance of the literary tradition, and references to the scholarly literature enable readers to take their study further.
Category: Foreign Language Study

The Madness Of Cambyses

Author : Herodotus
ISBN : 9780141398785
Genre : History
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'Do you see your son, standing over there, in the antechamber? Well, I am going to shoot him.' The story of the great and mad Cambyses, King of Persia, told by part-historian, part-mythmaker Herodotus of Halicarnassus. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Herodotus (c.484-425 BCE). Herodotus's The Histories is also available in Penguin Classics.
Category: History

Der Kaukasus

Author : Essad Bey
ISBN : 9789925037582
Genre : Social Science
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Essad Bey (eigentlich Lew Abramowitsch Nussimbaum, 1905-1942) war ein deutschsprachiger Schriftsteller russisch-jüdischer Abstammung. In diesem Werk beschreibt er den Kaukasus, seine Berge, Völker und Geschichte.
Category: Social Science

Herodotus The Histories

Author :
ISBN : OCLC:880714495
Genre : History, Ancient
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Category: History, Ancient


Author : Tacitus
ISBN : 9780141392561
Genre : History
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A compelling new translation of Tacitus' Annals, one of the greatest accounts of ancient Rome, by Cynthia Damon. Tacitus' Annals recounts the major historical events from the years shortly before the death of Augustus to the death of Nero in AD 68. With clarity and vivid intensity Tacitus describes the reign of terror under the corrupt Tiberius, the great fire of Rome during the time of Nero and the wars, poisonings, scandals, conspiracies and murders that were part of imperial life. Despite his claim that the Annals were written objectively, Tacitus' account is sharply critical of the emperors' excesses and fearful for the future of imperial Rome, while also filled with a longing for its past glories. This new Penguin Classics edition also includes chronologies, notes, appendices, a genealogy and an introduction discussing Tacitus's life and his approach to history.
Category: History