Herodotus

About Herodotus

Who is it?: The Father of History
Birth Place: Halicarnassus, Greek
Died On: c. 425 BC (aged approximately 60)\nThurii, Calabria or Pella, Macedon
Native name: Ἡρόδοτος
Occupation: Historian
Notable work: The Histories
Parent(s): Lyxes (father) Dryotus (mother)
Relatives: Theodorus (brother) Panyassis (uncle or cousin)

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Herodotus was born in Halicarnassus, Greek, is The Father of History. Herodotus was a Greek historian widely referred to as 'The Father of History'. He lived in the fifth century BC and was a contemporary of Socrates. A major figure in Greek history, he was the first historian known to have broken from Homeric tradition to treat historical subjects as a method of investigation. He collected his materials systematically and critically, and then proceeded to arrange them into a historiographic narrative. Even though he is known to have produced only one work, ‘The Histories’, a record of his "inquiry" on the origins of the Greco-Persian Wars, this single work is regarded as the first great narrative history produced in the ancient world. He was believed to be a wide traveler, wandering over a large part of the Persian Empire, covering Egypt and Elephantine, and also visited numerous other places like Libya, Syria, Babylonia, Susa in Elam, Lydia, and Phrygia. He spent several years of his life exploring far away kingdoms and empires, and gained extensive experience and knowledge. One of the Herodotus’ remarkable features was that he narrated history in a storyteller’s manner, often inserting amusing anecdotes and interesting dialogues. Even though some of his accounts are believed to be inaccurate, he remains the leading source of original information of Greek history for the period between 550 and 479 BC.
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💰 Net worth: $1.1 Million

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Famous Quotes:

Here are presented the results of the enquiry carried out by Herodotus of Halicarnassus. The purpose is to prevent the traces of human events from being erased by time, and to preserve the fame of the important and remarkable achievements produced by both Greeks and non-Greeks; among the matters covered is, in particular, the cause of the hostilities between Greeks and non-Greeks.

— Herodotus, The Histories
Robin Waterfield translation (2008)

Biography/Timeline

1975

Discoveries made since the end of the 19th century have generally added to Herodotus's credibility. He described Gelonus, located in Scythia, as a city thousands of times larger than Troy; this was widely disbelieved until it was rediscovered in 1975. The archaeological study of the now-submerged ancient Egyptian city of Heracleion and the recovery of the so-called "Naucratis stela" give credibility to Herodotus's previously unsupported claim that Heracleion was founded during the Egyptian New Kingdom.

2011

Modern scholars generally turn to Herodotus's own writing for reliable information about his life, supplemented with ancient yet much later sources, such as the Byzantine Suda, an 11th century encyclopaedia which possibly took its information from traditional accounts.

2013

Herodotus is neither a mere gatherer of data nor a simple Teller of tales – he is both. While Herodotus is certainly concerned with giving accurate accounts of events, this does not preclude for him the insertion of powerful mythological elements into his narrative, elements which will aid him in expressing the truth of matters under his study. Thus to understand what Herodotus is doing in the Histories, we must not impose strict demarcations between the man as mythologist and the man as Historian, or between the work as myth and the work as history. As James Romm has written, Herodotus worked under a Common ancient Greek cultural assumption that the way events are remembered and retold (e.g. in myths or legends) produces a valid kind of understanding, even when this retelling is not entirely factual. For Herodotus, then, it takes both myth and history to produce truthful understanding.