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  • Herodotus preceded Thucydides.
  • Or I’d wonder why Herodotus the historian wasn’t in my contacts list.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • He was, as he had been for several months, engaged in the translation of several works by Herodotus.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Herodotus, in the Persian War, tells a story of how Croesus, the richest and most-favored king of his time, asked Solon the Athenian a leading question.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden

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  • The best known Greek historians were Herodotus (484-424 B.C.) and Thucydides (460-400 B.C.).
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • I will not tell you, poor old man, to go and visit the sepulchral chambers of the pyramids, of which ancient Herodotus speaks, nor the brick tower of Babylon, nor the immense white marble sanctuary of the Indian temple of Eklinga.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • (The opening chapters of Herodotus’ Histories reflect with urbane bemusement on these old legendary wars fought over straying women.) Homer neglects the Judgment because he makes very clear from the start that the heroes have chosen to come there for honor.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • We don’t make much of this at the time, but it comes to mind later when we notice that a number of apparently unrelated episodes are linked in some way with each other.6 The first adventure, the attack on the Kikones, presents no problem, for they are a historical people living to the north of Troy in Thrace (modern Turkey) and are mentioned in Herodotus’ history.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Meanwhile I will read, as soon as I am settled in Christminster, the books I have not been able to get hold of here: Livy, Tacitus, Herodotus, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Aristophanes—
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Such was the successless armament of Xerxes described by Herodotus, or the successful expedition of Alexander related by Arrian.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones

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  • I’m glad you are finally showing a glimmer of interest in the craft of Herodotus.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • As for the poets, they have Aristophanes, Homer, Euripides, and Sophocles of Aldus’s edition; and for historians, Thucydides, Herodotus, and Herodian.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • …Prince of Wales, Thomas Cook and Son, the Bold Soldier Boy, Arrah na Pogue, Dick Turpin, Ludwig Beethoven, the Colleen Bawn, Waddler Healy, Angus the Culdee, Dolly Mount, Sidney Parade, Ben Howth, Valentine Greatrakes, Adam and Eve, Arthur Wellesley, Boss Croker, Herodotus, Jack the Giantkiller, Gautama Buddha, Lady Godiva, The Lily of Killarney, Balor of the Evil Eye, the Queen of Sheba, Acky Nagle, Joe Nagle, Alessandro Volta, Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, Don Philip O’Sullivan Beare.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • As an obituary notice later described it: With a readiness which was often surprising he could quote from a Roman law or a Greek philosopher, from Virgil’s Georgics, the Arabian Nights, Herodotus or Sancho Panza, from the Sacred Carpets, the German Reformers or Adam Smith; from Fenelon or Hudibras, from the Financial Reports of Necca, or the doings of the Council of Trent; from the debates of the adoption of the Constitution, or the intrigues of the kitchen cabinet, or from some…
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • There was a little heap of them on the table in the bow-window—of various sorts, from Herodotus, which she was learning to read with Mr. Casaubon, to her old companion Pascal, and Keble’s "Christian Year."
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Dysentery had been the curse of armies since ancient times, as recorded by Herodotus.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • But beyond this, Fargo to me is brother to the fabulous places of the earth, kin to those magically remote spots mentioned by Herodotus and Marco Polo and Mandeville.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • It’s true, Herodotus tells the story that the priestess of Bel passed a night at the top of the temple tower to wait for the deity to alight—but there’s no reference to any such business in the cuneiform texts.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • This one advertised itself with names carved in the granite frieze above its broad front: HOMER, HERODOTUS, SOPHOCLES, PLATO, ARISTOTLE, DEMOSTHENES, CICERO, VERGIL.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Then I’d remember Herodotus didn’t have a smartphone, because he had been dead since the Iron Age.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • In fact, much the same sort of movement and mixture went on in old England as we find in older Herodotus, who also, in telling what had been, thought it well to take a woman’s lot for his starting-point; though Io, as a maiden apparently beguiled by attractive merchandise, was the reverse of Miss Brooke, and in this respect perhaps bore more resemblance to Rosamond Vincy, who had excellent taste in costume, with that nymph-like figure and pure blindness which give the largest range to…
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
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