The Way of Herodotus
Travels With the Man Who Invented HistoryBook - 2008
Journeying back 2,500 years, the story of the first history text written by Herodotus is reviewed through an examination of his in-depth chronicles, tales of the people he met, and detailed descriptions of the lands he visited in the Mediterranean and Middle East.
In The Way of Herodotus, intrepid travel historian Justin Marozzi retraces the footsteps of Herodotus through the Mediterranean and Middle East, examining his 2,500-year-old observations about the cultures and places he visited, and finding echoes of his legacy reverberating to this day. It is a lively yet thought-provoking excursion into the world of Herodotus, with the man who invented history ever present, guiding the narrative with his discursive spirit.
Blackwell North Amer
During the classical age of Greece, Herodotus wrote the first great prose epic and became known through the ages as "the father of history." But he was much more than that. He was also the world's first travel writer, a pioneering geographer, anthropologist, explorer, moralist, investigative reporter, foreign correspondent, and enlightened multiculturalist. He was at once a learned professor and a tabloid journalist, a man of great wit and wisdom with an unfailing eye for fabulous material to inform and amuse, to titillate, horrify, and entertain.
In the Histories by Herodotus, tall tales of dog-headed men, gold-digging ants, flying snakes, and strange sexual customs practiced in foreign lands are scattered throughout his narrative of the Persian Wars, the tumultuous encounter from which Greece emerged triumphant in the early fifth century Be. This victory, which Herodotus recorded in breathtaking detail, was one of history's most important: it gave birth to Western civilization.
In The Way of Herodotus, intrepid travel historian Justin Marozzi retraces the footsteps of Herodotus through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, and war-torn Iraq, exploring the cultures and places Herodotus described 2,500 years ago. It is a lively yet thought-provoking excursion into the world of Herodotus, a sensational blend of travel and history in the spirit of the man who invented it.