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Herodotus | Thucydides (Great Books of the Western World, #6) #2020

Herodotus Thucydides Great Books of the Western World Contents The History of HerodotusThe History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

  • Title: Herodotus | Thucydides (Great Books of the Western World, #6)
  • Author: Herodotus Thucydides George Rawlinson Richard Crawley R. Feetham
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  • Page: 270
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Herodotus | Thucydides (Great Books of the Western World, #6) By Herodotus Thucydides George Rawlinson Richard Crawley R. Feetham, Contents The History of HerodotusThe History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

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    1. I presume most people who have read both of these classic histories favor Herodotus over Thucydides, and I now fall into that camp as well That s not to say Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War is bad, of course, but it is not nearly as expansive as Herodotus and, well, it is a lot drier.I didn t comprehend the title of Herodotus work until quite a ways into it it s not truly History of the Persian War that seems to be some poor editorial work over the years or perhaps good advertisement, [...]

    2. These two classics establish the poles between which all subsequent history writing has navigated.This review will focus on Thucydides Peloponnesian War, since I have already reviewed The Histories of Herodotus separately.The poles I referred to above are the storytelling approach exemplified by Herodotus and the chronicle approach exemplified by Thucydides For while Herodotus tells his history as a series of yarns, hearsay, and human interest stories, Thucydides sees himself as a searcher for a [...]

    3. I appreciated both Herodotus and Thucydides, but I imagine the reading will be monotonous to those who do not have a taste for history or ancient wars Herodotus covers a good deal of culture and the interrelations between people and countries while often allowing himself to be sidetracked with interesting if not so relevant side notes, whereas Thucydides relates the Peloponnesian War with attention to the most important events, speeches, and persons involved without going into even a quarter of [...]

    4. There s not much I can say that hasn t already been said These two books are, of course, the oldest history books in the world They are founding texts of Western Civilization and an important element of the Western canon Both of them are fascinating on a number of levels, including the historical, the philosophical, the geographic, the religious, etc I found Herodotus much readable, largely because I enjoyed his focus on the human side of things, as he discussed the cultures, customs, and belie [...]

    5. I surprised myself by really liking Herodotus I assumed he would be dry and boring but it wasn t I learned a ton about the ancient world, especially the Persian War I listened to the Great Course on Herodotus and that really added to my enjoyment by providing historical context and analysis I liked learning about how it influenced other works and what scholars debate about what is true from his work.

    6. First attempts at writing true history Important on many levels and an introduction to the historical process.

    7. Herodotus has the interesting stories and fables Thucydides is the factual true historian, but is dry and boring.

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