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Herodotus

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Definition the ancient Greek known as the father of history; his accounts of the wars between the Greeks and Persians are the first known examples of historical writing (485-425 BC)
  • Herodotus preceded Thucydides.
  • 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
  • I'm glad you are finally showing a glimmer of interest in the craft of Herodotus.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • 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
  • Such was the successless armament of Xerxes described by Herodotus, or the successful expedition of Alexander related by Arrian.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Dysentery had been the curse of armies since ancient times, as recorded by Herodotus.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • The best known Greek historians were Herodotus (484-424 B.C.) and Thucydides (460-400 B.C.).
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • Or I'd wonder why Herodotus the historian wasn't in my contacts list.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • The opening chapters of Herodotus' Histories reflect with urbane bemusement on these old legendary wars fought over straying women.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Yes, she said, it's in Herodotus, or something like that is.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • Then I'd remember Herodotus didn't have a smartphone, because he had been dead since the Iron Age.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • I wonder which Artemesia they have in mind — the Persian lady general from Herodotus who turned tail when the battle was going against her, or the Roman matron who ate the ashes of her dead husband so her body could become his living sepulchre?
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • 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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