The Best Stories of Herodotus (And Why You’re Going to Read Them)
Have you ever read Herodotus? Let me guess: the answer is no. Are you ever going to read Herodotus? You bet.
Well, bits of it, at any rate. 🙂 If I have anything to do with it.
Perhaps you think you have better things to do with your time and The Histories are too long and too boring. Well, of course, it’s too long. Nine books (some 700 pages) long; I’m not suggesting that you read it in one sitting. As for boring, Herodotus wrote 2500 years ago so you think he’s simply got to be boring: “Aw, he’ll go in for long descriptions!…” “His ideas are way behind the times.” “He’s tediously formal and never cracked a joke in his life…”
Well, I’ve got news for you. Herodotus is neither behind the times, nor boring (and even if he was, you’d be skipping the boring bits with me).
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