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  • April 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93397-0
  • 672 pages
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The Histories

Norton Critical Editions

Second Edition


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Herodotus (Author), Jennifer Tolbert Roberts (Editor, City College, City University of New York), Walter Blanco (Editor, Translator, Lehman College, City University of New York)


Walter Blanco’s acclaimed translation of The Histories is now available in its entirety in this revised and expanded Norton Critical Edition.

Herodotus’s history is the earliest continuous prose narrative in Western literature. His long narrative—longer than either of the Homeric epics—continues to hold us spellbound because of the author’s storytelling powers and intelligent curiosity.

The perfect introduction to Herodotus, this Norton Critical Edition includes the complete text of The Histories. The translation is fully annotated and is accompanied by an introduction, a chronology of events, and a note on the Persian Wars. Seven maps—all new to the Second Edition—give readers a visual understanding of events and places, 490–479 B.C.E.

“Backgrounds” includes a rich collection of historical works by Aeschylus, Bacchylides, Thucydides, Aristotle, and Plutarch. New to the Second Edition are contrasting accounts, by Diodorus of Sicily and Strabo, of the Amazons who were believed to be living in the mountainous regions.

“Commentaries” is divided into two sections. Early modern interpretations are represented by Isaac Taylor, John Stuart Mill, and Thomas Babington Macaulay. Seventeen modern assessments—three of them new to the Second Edition—focus on historical origins and backgrounds, Herodotus’s place in history, and central issues concerning both the Persian Wars and Herodotus’s reckoning of them. The new contributors are François Hartog, James Redfield, and Siep Stuurman.

A Glossary, Selected Bibliography, and Index are also included.


    Chronology of Events
    A Note on the Persian Wars
    List of Maps

    The Histories

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    BOOK 2
    BOOK 3
    BOOK 4
    BOOK 5
    BOOK 6
    BOOK 7
    BOOK 8
    BOOK 9



    Aeschylus • From The Persians
    Bacchylides • Third Epinician Ode
    Thucydides • From The Peloponnesian War
    [The Hippocratic Corpus] • From Airs, Waters, Places
    Aristotle • From Politics
    Plutarch • From On the Malice of Herodotus

    The Amazons: Contrasting Accounts
    Diodorus of Sicily • From Bibliotheca Historica
    Strabo • From Geographica1.5.1–4


    Early Modern Criticism

    Isaac Taylor • [The Consequences of the Greek Victory for Western Civilization: A Christian View]
    John Stuart Mill • [The Consequences of the Greek Victory for Western Civilization: A Secular View]
    Thomas Babington Macaulay • [The Purpose and Method of History]

    Modern Criticism

    R. G. Collingwood • History’s Nature, Object, Method, and Value
    Christian Meier • The Origins of History in Ancient Greece
    Oswyn Murray • Greek Historians

    II. Herodotus
    James Romm • The Shape of Herodotus’ World
    Charles W. Fornara • Herodotus’ Perspective
    Arnaldo Momigliano • The Place of Herodotus in the History of Historiography
    J. A. S. Evans • Father of History or Father of Lies: The Reputation of Herodotus

    III. The Persian Wars
    A. T. Olmstead • Persia and the Greek Frontier Problem
    Arther Ferrill • Herodotus and the Strategy and Tactics of the Invasion of Xerxes

    IV. Aspects of Herodotus' Work
    A.W. Gomme • Herodotos and Aeschylus
    François Hartog • Amazons: Difference and Inversion
    Rosaria Vignolo Munson • Artemisia in Herodotus
    John Hart • Themistocles in History
    Virginia Hunter • [Homer, Herodotus, and the Egyptian Logos]
    Donald Lateiner • Five Systems of Explanation
    James Redfield • Herodotus the Tourist
    Siep Stuurman • Herodotus and Sima Qian: History and the Anthropological Turn in Ancient Greece and Han China

    Selected Bibliography