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Herodotus: Histories Book VIII



Part of Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics

  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521575713

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  • The Battle of Salamis was the first great (and unexpected) victory of the Greeks over the Persian forces under Xerxes, whose defeat had important consequences for the subsequent history and self-image of Europe. This battle forms the centre-piece of book VIII of Herodotus' Histories. The book also illuminates Greek views of themselves and of peoples from the East, the problematic relationships between different Greek states in the face of the invasion, and the role of the divine in history. This introduction and commentary pays particular attention to the history and culture of Achaemenid Persia and the peoples of its empire. It offers much help with the language of the text (which has been prepared for ease of reading), and deals with major literary and historical questions. It will be of especial use to intermediate and advanced Greek students, but also provides up-to-date scholarly materials for graduate students and professional classicists.

    • Provides coverage of relevant aspects of the Persian Empire to give a perspective on Herodotus' account
    • Offers considerable guidance on understanding and translating the text
    • Gives full coverage in the commentary of religious, social, historical, cultural and literary aspects of the text
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    '… wide-ranging lucid introduction …' The Times Literary Supplement

    'We heartily recommend this volume as an introduction to Herodotos' Greek and methods of presentation.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521575713
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 138 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Medes and Persians
    2. Greeks and Persians
    3. Xerxes in Herodotus
    4. Achaemenid campaigns
    5. Battle of Book 8
    6. Structure and narrative modes
    7. The language of Herodotus
    8. Life of Herodotus
    9. The text

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Greek
    • Advanced Greek: Herodotus
    • Great Works
    • Greek Historians
    • Greek Prose
    • Greeks and Persians
  • Author



    A. M. Bowie, University of Oxford

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