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By Emily Baragwanath

In his remarkable tale of the defence of Greece opposed to the Persian invasions of 490-480 BC, Herodotus sought to speak not just what occurred, but in addition the historical past of strategies and perceptions that formed these occasions and have become severe to their interpretation afterwards. a lot because the modern sophists strove to find fact concerning the invisible, Herodotus used to be acutely involved to discover hidden human motivations, whose depiction was once important to his
project of recounting and explaining the earlier. Emily Baragwanath explores the delicate narrative recommendations with which Herodotus represented this such a lot elusive number of old wisdom. therefore he used to be in a position to inform a lucid tale of the prior whereas still exposing the methodological and
epistemological demanding situations it provided. Baragwanath illustrates and analyses various those ideas over the process a big variety of Herodotus' so much interesting narratives - from these on Athenian democracy and tyranny to Leonidas and Thermopylae - and hence offers a mode for analyzing the Histories extra generally.

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