The Way of Herodotus: Travels with the Man Who Invented History

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Da Capo Press, Dec 9, 2008 - History - 348 pages
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During the classical age of Greece, Herodotus wrote the first history text. But what he created was much more than this. Informed by his own travels, his historical work digresses more than it chronicles, with tales of the lands and peoples he visited. As Michael Ondaatje once famously suggested, “What you find in him are the cul-de-sacs within the sweep of history.”

In The Way of Herodotus , intrepid travel historian Justin Marozzi retraces the footsteps of Herodotus through the Mediterranean and Middle East, examining his 2,500-year-old observations about the cultures and places he visited, and finding echoes of his legacy reverberating to this day. It is a lively yet thought-provoking excursion into the world of Herodotus, with the man who invented history ever present, guiding the narrative with his discursive spirit.

 

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User Review  - untraveller - LibraryThing

Interesting book that seems to be a copy-cat rendition of a much better written book, Kapuscinski's Travels with Herodotus. Marozzi has a fascination with sex (ummmm, don't we all?) that he projects ... Read full review

THE WAY OF HERODOTUS: Travels with the Man Who Invented History

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A digressive, witty blend of travel writing and popular history.When your subject is a classical author and his account of a war that ended some 2,500 years ago, it takes a good deal of enthusiasm and ... Read full review

Contents

DogHeaded Men GoldDigging
1
TURKEY
29
IRAQ
67
EGYPT
135
GREECE
195
Herodotus Meets Aristotle
224
History on the Front Line
247
An Exorcism
258
Fill High the Bowl with Samian Wine
274
Wassailing Gods Pious Priests and Tearful
299
Bibliography
327
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Justin Marozzi is a writer, journalist, and historian who has traveled extensively throughout the Herodotean world. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Tamerlane . He lives in London.

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