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Herodian: History of the Empire, Volume I, Books 1-4 (Loeb Classical Library No. 454) Hardcover – January 31, 1969

ISBN-13: 978-0674995000 ISBN-10: 0674995007

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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (January 31, 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674995007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674995000
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.6 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,326,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on February 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Since there are so many of these darn things the review shall be divided into three sections. First, a brief description of the Loeb series of books and their advantages/disadvantages. Second shall be my thoughts on the author himself, his accuracy, as well as his style and the style of his translator. This is of course only my opinion and should be treated as such. The final part shall review what this particular book actually covers.

The Loeb series date back to the turn of the last century. They are designed for people with at least some knowledge of Greek or Latin. They are a sort of compromise between a straight English translation and an annotated copy of the original text. On the left page is printed the text in Greek or Latin depending on the language of the writer and on the right side is the text in English. For somebody who knows even a little Greek or Latin these texts are invaluable. You can try to read the text in the original language knowing that you can correct yourself by looking on the next page or you can read the text in translation and check the translation with the original for more detail. While some of the translations are excellent mostly they are merely serviceable since they are designed more as an aid to translation rather than a translation in themselves. Most of them follow the Greek or Latin very closely. These books are also very small, maybe just over a quarter the size of your average hardcover book. This means that you'll need to buy more than just one book to read a complete work. They are also somewhat pricey considering their size. The Loeb Collection is very large but most of the more famous works can be found in better (and cheaper) translations elsewhere.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph K. Dittmer on May 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book was sweet primary source action for all y'all who want to learn about the history of the Roman Empire in the late 2nd(the 100s) and early 3rd centuries(the 200s) CE(aka AD) from someone who was there. I don't know enough Greek to tell you if the translation is good, but for those of you who know ancient Greek, check the translation yourself, these Loeb classical library books always have the original work on the left page, and the English translation on the right page(that's what makes the Loeb classical library sweet, sweet ancient history action). Not only does this book contain the original ancient Greek, and an English translation of said Greek, but it also contains an intro that talks about what we know about Herodian's life and methods, giving the work the important aspect of historical context. As for readability, I found this work very readable, though admittedly the intro is more scholarly in nature and so will be more appreciated with those with a history or classics background. Herodian's work itself is fairly easy to read with a number of exciting happenings going on therein, though perhaps those who know a little about this period of history already will appreciate it more. Yes, I would say this book is sweet ancient primary source action. Oh and BTW it should be noted that Herodian's original work contained 8 books, which the Loeb classical library puts into two books, Herodian Books I-IV and Herodian Books V-VIII.
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