Thursday, January 31, 2008

On Reading Herodotus

Almasy's copy of Herodotus from the film 'The English Patient'

Just throwing out a few links:

Came across this series of commentary from More Intelligent Life on reading Herodotus's The Histories.

  1. Reading Herodotus
  2. Herodotus and the Power of Women
  3. Herodotus and the Verdict of History

7 comments:

Nymeth said...

lol, I love the lego warriors on that first link.

Thanks for sharing those. I wonder when I will gather the courage to get started on The Histories.

Dark Orpheus said...

You're welcome. Actually, I wonder when am I going to actually finish reading The Histories myself.

So many books, so little time.

Carl V. said...

Every year I tell myself I am going to read this book and every year (since American Gods was published, that is) I don't do it. Will this be the year? Only time will tell.

Matt said...

In college, I read excerpts from The Histories, the logos on Babylon and Persia, the Egyptian customs, and most memorably, mummification.Like Carl has said, I'd like to read the whole thing. Some day.

Dark Orpheus said...

Carl The TBR pile never really comes down much, does it, Carl? :)

Matt When I first started reading The Histories - some of the stories seem familiar - because I have read or heard the stories elsewhere. Reading it would be going back to the source - almost like a badge of honour.

Kind of like how everyone knows about Darwin's Theory of Evolution, but not everyone has actually read Origins of Species.

Carl V. said...

It never comes down AT ALL!!! For every book I pull off to read I've already added 3 or 4 more. I have went waaaay in reverse already this year. It is a good problem to have, however.

indigo said...

I read excerpts of this book in I don't remember which college class but I do remember that nothing stuck. I truly admire anyone who picks up these Greek classics - they just intimidate the bejeebers out of me.