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1. Translation by G.C. Macaulay and revised throughout by Donald Lateiner; published by Barnes and Noble Classics in 2004, but the Macaulay translation is from around 1890.
I started with this one, attracted by the extensive introduction by Donald Lateiner. That intro was solid and revealed much that I hadn't been aware of. But the translation, even after Lateiner's revisions, is awkward and stilted. Many of the pronoun references are confusing, making it difficult to follow the narrative thread.
Here's about half of a single sentence: "Now Miltiades son of Kimon had thus taken possession of Lemnos:--After the Pelasgians had been cast out of Attica by the Athenians, whether justly or unjustly,--for about this I cannot tell except the things reported, which are these:--Hecataios on the one hand, the son of Hegesander, said in his history that it was done unjustly: for he said that when the Athenians saw the land which extends below Hymettos, which they had themselves given them to dwell in, as payment for the wall built round the Acropolis in former times, when the Athenians, I say, saw that the land was made good by cultivation, which before was bad or worthless, they were seized with jealousy and with longing to possess the land, and so drove them out, not alleging any other pretext: ..."
The footnotes are generally helpful, although many only state the obvious. They are all integrated with the text, making it unnecessary to keep paging to the back.Read more ›
I then read David Grene's translation. I still found the early sections on the history of Egypt and Persia and all the digressions about the Scythians and Libyans tedious, but Grene's language is easy to follow and appropriate to the subject, and as I continued reading the narrative began to flow and became quite enjoyable. (I haven't read the Macaulay...Read more ›
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Fantastic! Herodotus literally invented the idea of History. Amazing, funny, full of wisdom.Published 3 months ago by AW
Reviewing a classic, one can either focus on its translation and production, since the work itself is taken to be a "known quantity," or one can boldly assume (what is... Read morePublished 9 months ago by David Marshall
The History remains the best history I've ever read, surprising as its the first history recorded. Grene's translation allows the reader a far greater understanding and a better... Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Marvin
In a burst of intellectual curiosity, I chose this book because I thought I might learn something from Herodotus, the world's first historian. I didn't. Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by John
The book I received from the vendor was in a very good condition. This is a great book to read and a great source for the myth stories.Published on November 4, 2013 by Michael Sorensen