The Portable Greek Historians: The Essence of Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Polybius

The Portable Greek Historians The Essence of Herodotus Thucydides Xenophon Polybius Essential passages from the works of four fathers of history Herodotus s History Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War Xenophon s Anabasis and Polybius s Histories

  • Title: The Portable Greek Historians: The Essence of Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Polybius
  • Author: Moses I. Finley
  • ISBN: 9780140150650
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • Essential passages from the works of four fathers of history Herodotus s History, Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War, Xenophon s Anabasis, and Polybius s Histories.

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    1. A mix of selections from Greek historians between the 5th and 2nd century BCE. This book is mostly devoted the the history of the Persian, Peloponnesian wars and Sicilian campaigns chronicled by Herodotus and Thucydides, with the last hundred pages or so devoted to smaller excerpts from Xenophon and Polybius. I felt the intrigue of the book wore off as I continued reading; the more interesting and lucid writings are in the first half of the book and then the number of new names and quick summari [...]

    2. At some point, it seems to me that twenty-first century translations ought to be widely available for the works of Herodotus, Thucydides, etc. The language of this volume is nineteenth century English, and as time flows on it only becomes more archaic and unreadable to average twenty first century readers (to say nothing of our descendants in the twenty second). If this history is worth knowing about, it ought to be maximally accessible.That is only an idle thought, however, from someone with an [...]

    3. nwhytevejournal/1980032ml[return][return]A Penguin collection of extracts from Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon and Polybius, showing the start and early evolution of historical writing. As I am less familiar than I would like with the historical background, a lot of this sailed over my head (I would have liked more footnotes and maps), but I appreciated the raw approach of Herodotus, the critical attitude of all of them to other writers (not that this stopped them making stuff up themselves) and [...]

    4. I originally purchased this book when I started college to prepare for my Senior Oral Exam, I skimmed but didn't really retain much of each writer's style save perhaps Herodotus. After thoroughly reading the excerpted selections for these four writers, I can say the my decision to skim it originally was the correct one. If M. I. Finley, the selector of this volume, gave an accurate representation of each writer through the excerpts he chose then Herodotus and Xenophon are the best readings while [...]

    5. A great start to reading Greek history, this book covers some of the most important parts of Greek history from Herodotus' writeup of Xerxes' invasion of Greece and his crossing the Hellespont to Thucydides' more accurate history of the Persian war.

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