Herodotus

(484 BC-425 BC / Halicarnassus)

Herodotus
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Herodotus was an ancient Greek historian who was born in Halicarnassus, Caria (modern day Bodrum, Turkey) and lived in the fifth century BC (c.484 – 425 BC). He has been called the "Father of History", and was the first historian known to collect his materials systematically, test their accuracy to a certain extent and arrange them in a well-constructed and vivid narrative. The Histories—his masterpiece and the only work he is known to have produced—is a record of his "inquiry" (or ἱστορία historía, a word that passed into Latin and acquired its modern meaning of "history"), being an investigation of the origins of the Greco-Persian Wars and including a wealth ... more »

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  • ''A man calumniated is doubly injured—first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it.''
    Herodotus (c. 484-425 B.C.), Greek historian. Artabanus, in Histories, bk. 7 (c. 430 B.C.). Said of the disparagement of the Greeks by Mardonius.
  • ''When a woman removes her garment, she also removes the respect that is hers.''
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 1.8.
  • ''The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence.''
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 9.16.
  • ''For as the body grows old, so the wits grow old and become blind towards all things alike.''
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 3.314.
  • ''If someone were to put a proposition before men bidding them choose, after examination, the best customs in the world, each nation would certainly select its own.''
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 3.38.1.
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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (10/28/2015 4:32:00 AM)

    no poems by Herodotus.. this great contemporary of Socrates, was the first real historian (called The Father of History by Cicero) and ''The Histories'' is the only work he is known to have produced.

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