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An Account of Egypt [Kindle Edition]

Herodotus
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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Greek historian Herodotus, often called the Father of History, was born in Halicarnassus. From there he was exiled for conspiring against Persian rule. His wide-ranging travels enabled him to analyze the contemporary life and document comprehensive history.

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  • File Size: 141 KB
  • Print Length: 78 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (February 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JQU762
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,367,865 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent travelogue November 15, 2010
By Phil
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I just finished The Teaching Company's course on ancient Egypt and the instructor mentioned Herodotus many times, so I just had to read this book. His dates are c.484 BCE - c.425 BCE. He traveled to Egypt when he was about 30 and wrote this book upon his return to his home in Greece. It's a very good description of Egyptian civilization- he covers geography, customs, pharoahs, rituals, gods, architecture and more. It's rather impersonal- he seldom mentions any people he meets. If you're interested in ancient Egypt this is one of very few surviving accounts by a foreigner who actually visited there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The original historian June 21, 2011
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This book offers an amazing glimpse into how a historian thought and wrote when there was no prior example of this profession. Herodotus writes with great detail, and is always careful to point out what he saw himself vs. what he was told by others. So we have a dual insight, from reading this, into both the history of Egypt but also how someone thought about history and society 2400 years ago. The language is a bit hard to follow at times because of the style as well as the many references to old units of measurement, but this is well worth making the effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read October 22, 2011
By Jetpack
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This is a review of the free Kindle edition.

It's very interesting reading about a man's trip to Egypt 2500 years ago. It's remarkable how even then, Egypt was so ancient.

I didn't realize it was believed by some that the Greek gods were the Egyptian gods renamed. Herodotus had interesting views on this, the Illiad and Homer and what he saw in Egypt. He provides tons of detail (sometimes too many) on much of Egyptian history, stories, habits, embalming and animals.

If you have any interest in history, give this is a try. Slightly over 1000 locations. Suggest only for older teenagers and up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing read about Egypt. August 20, 2012
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If you want to learn a bit about how the Egyptian civilization worked, problem solved, and about their culture this book will give some insight. Herodotus does well to state what he believes to be falsified, true, or indifferent. He is easy to understand and mentions things in this book that will make you think about how far back the Egyptians really date. One passage mentions mountain tops that used to be islands, now turned into a large valley. A fantastic first hand account of one of the most mysterious places on Earth. Oh yeah, and you can not beat free!
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Translated by GC Macaulay we are given Herodotus’ recount of his adventures through Egypt. The father of history herein tells us about the climate, geography, religion, society and people who inhabit Egypt. He also is inclined to paint a whole historical backdrop for the lands struggles and changes of power and leader, rules, practices, cultural aesthetics and accomplishments. Very confusing at times, due to the sheer number of peoples (their cultural classifications and relationships) and the geographical explanations which I couldn’t imaging (so I had to look at old maps) the most important and memorable items came to me through description of the people and practices, and though important – not so much through geographical references, which the work is wont to have a billion.

Having lived during the 5th Century BC (484-425BC) and writing this work ~440BC, Herodotus has been mostly renowned as the most accurate historian of his time, and in this work he attempts to cover some of the basic tenants of Egyptian life. It is important to remember that this tiny little book (or short, if you’re reading it on Kindle) sets the tone for a much larger historical context, both before Herodotus visited and definitely afterward as we witness at the close of the work the beginning of the Acheamenid (Persian) rule in Egypt.

An Account of Egypt is Herodotus’ second book in his histories, titled ‘Euterpe’. When the work is not acting as a source of descriptive information, there are actually a few comical moments as it regards the Egyptian brazenness and crude sense of honest humor.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Quick read March 12, 2013
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It was not as informative as I would have liked, but at least it was a quick read. I was expecting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let's look at Egypt as Herodotus sees it. December 21, 2012
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The introduction to this book is grate at explain what you are about to read. It really gets you geared up to hear some marvelous insights of Egypt c.484 BCE - c.425 BCE.

However the book starts out like a travelogue and unless you want a good travelogue you start to wonder if this book is all it is touted to be? Hang in there because every word is preparing you for the rest of the book. We get descriptions of where people came from. There magic rituals and out of nowhere we learn that Greek gods and Egyptian gods are the same gods only the name changed. They sort the gods out from the eight original and 12 new ones then there are offsprings.

I will not go through every eye-opener as that is why you are reading the book well written by Herodotus.

Do not attempt to use the text-to-speech function on this book as it has real trouble pronouncing names of people, places, etc.

The X-Ray function is very useful on this book making an easer cros reference than using the index.
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