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5.0 out of 5 stars Readable Translation; Still Waiting For The "Landmark Herodotus", September 8, 2005
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This review is from: The Histories, Revised (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
This is a very readable translation of Herodotus' masterpiece and well worth your time. My only complaint about this edition is that the layout of maps and endnotes requires constant flipping back and forth while you're reading (use three bookmarks to keep track of where you are). I'd like to see a "Landmark Herodotus" like the "Landmark Thucydides" by Strassler that included maps and footnotes with the body of the text, but until it comes out, I'd personally recommend this translation over some of the others I've seen, not because the others are bad, but because this one seems more colloquial and easier to follow. As for the History itself, you'll find it absorbing and entertaining once you get used to Herodotus' style. Highly recommended.

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Initial post: Apr 7, 2007 4:29:52 PM PDT
Daniel Pinto says:
I fully agree! I hope editors will come to their senses and provide reader-friendly editions of the classics, with footnotes rather than endnotes, and clear and detailed maps close to where they are needed. I made the same comment about the desirability of a "Landmark Herodotus" in my review of Robin Waterfield's translation.

Thank you for your helpful comments.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2007 8:07:51 PM PST
Gary says:
Looks like Strassler has actually come out with a Landmark Herodotus. Can't wait to get my hands on it.
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