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The way of Herodotus : travels with the man who invented history

Author: Justin Marozzi
Publisher: [Cambridge, MA] : Da Capo Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st Da Capo Press edView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Named Person: Herodotus.; Herodotus.; Justin Marozzi; Justin Marozzi; Herodotus.; Justin Marozzi; Herodot.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Justin Marozzi
ISBN: 9780306816215 0306816210
OCLC Number: 225874956
Description: xv, 348 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Dog-headed men, gold-digging ants and flying snakes, or, Why we should all read Herodotus --
Turkey. Priestesses with beards ; Underwater Herodotus --
Iraq. Fools and wars ; Baghdad, evangelicals and mocking madmen ; Babylon --
Egypt. Memphis and Thebes : tall stories and self-immolating cats, or, No sex in temples, please, we're Egyptian ; Herodotus in Hollywood (and the Sahara) ; Cairo, mother of the world --
Greece. Athens, city hall of wisdom ; Herodotus meets Aristotle ; Thessaloniki : history on the front line ; An exorcism ; Lunch (and a good deal of Retsina) with Patrick Leigh Fermor ; 'Fill high the bowl with Samian wine!' ; Wassailing gods, pious priests and tearful monks.
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An intriguing travel history exploring and evoking the world of Herodotus, with abundant commentary on the legacy and spirit of the father of history and the literary art he created  Read more...

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"Kirkus," 12/1/08<br> "A digressive, witty blend of travel writing and popular history...Marozzi does not shy away from bold statements or prurient details...Clever."<br> <p><br> "Booklist," 1/1/09 Read more...

 
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