The World of Herodotus

➳ [Reading] ➶ The World of Herodotus By Aubrey de Sélincourt ➩ – Herodotus's Histories provides the basis for this strong account of the Greek world from the 8th to the 5th centuries BC both the geography that he saw during his travels and the thoughts feelings and Herodotus's Histories provides the basis for this strong account of the Greek world from the th to the th centuries BC both the geography that he saw during his travels and the thoughts feelings and tradition crystallized in his writings stimulating San Francisco Chronicle.The World of Herodotus

Aubrey de Sélincourt was an English writer classical scholar and translator He was also a keen sailor He had over books credited to his authorship but is chiefly remembered for his translations all for Penguin Classics of Livy's The Early History of Rome Books I to V and The War with Hannibal Books XXI to XXX Herodotus's The World ePUB Æ Histories and Arrian's The Campaigns of Alexander.

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • The World of Herodotus
  • Aubrey de Sélincourt
  • English
  • 04 August 2015
  • 9781842124581

10 thoughts on “The World of Herodotus

  1. says:

    As a freshman I had to pick a “freshman seminar” as they were called Having decided I would be a classics major despite not having the slightest interest in learning Greek or Latin I picked the class on Herodotus There were 5 of us I think The professor was elderly and used to fall asleep when we sat in a circle which was pretty remarkable for such a small class I didn’t have a clue and probably still don’t The book is partly about the world in which Herodotus lived and partly a recounting of the history he tells Starting Herodotus at the same time I was struck by how alike the stories were I haven’t read the book in almost 35 years I feel mixed about the Sélincourt but perhaps it will bring me back to Herodotus

  2. says:

    This is just a review of the text the Folio Society edition is up to their very high standardsThis is an older book As Paul Cartledge mentions in his introduction there are a few ideas and views in it that are a bit outdated and having a fairly high degree of familiarity with the histories I informed by my own readings of it and secondary works had a number of points I would dispute That set aside this is a very erudite and enjoyable survey of 6th 4th century Greece bracketing the life of Herodotus by about 80 years on either side You could do a lot worse in a one volume history commentary

  3. says:

    Fair overview of the period Herodotus covers in his Hx also looks at the importance of the textThe style is fairly conversationalbut old fusty Oxbridge stylee conversational with some of the prejudices that brings with itso not to everyones tasteAlso covers other Greek texts in the last few chapters epics plays philosophyWhile he is a huge Herodotus fan boy he pulls no punches when giving his opinions on some of the other old dead Greek chapsWhen looking at the evolution of drama from religious act he briefly cover the big 3 and notes wryly Religious ceremonial nowadays provides less opportunity for bad language and sexual symbolism Now we certainly could do with of that earthy god bothering

  4. says:

    A very difficult task it is to rate a work such as this I know it is well organized and written because it was able to keep my attention even though I am not interested in what went on 2500 years ago One reason for my lack of interest is the fact that I uestion its accuracy Come on I read books about events of 50 years ago where i saw first hand what went on and the things written are so inaccurate it is loco So now I read about things from 2500 years ago and am expected to take them seriously BUT It was so well written I had to give it 4 stars Took me several days to read and I am glad I read it Or perhaps just happy to be finished

  5. says:

    This book was recommended as in introduction to Herodotus’s Histories I don’t think it fulfills that task as well as the recent volume by James Romm Yale University Press 1998What Sélincourt’s treatment offers instead is a tour d’horizon of Greek culture in antiuity The main interest here is the author’s dissent from consensus opinions about the ancient Greeks based on his thorough knowledge and love of the literature The achievement of his Greeks was in many ways admirable but they were not as some maintain our betters in all aspects of civilization Their matter of fact cruelty and mendacity indeed their overall “self regarding ethics” to use Sélincourt’s phrase mean there is no need to idealize them Unfortunately Sélincourt doesn’t trust the reader to remember this insight the first second or third time he shares it This book was also useful in helping me to realize that we oversimplify when we refer in a general way to “the ancient Greeks” Are we talking about the dim antiuity of the Trojan War? Of Homer’s gathering and shaping of legends of it centuries later? Of the flowering of science and philosophy on the Ionian coast? Of Periclean Athens? There was continuity but also change One example of change not for the better is in the position of women in society which seems to have been better in earlier daysIn addition to overselling the author’s central insight the book suffers in general from being wordy and repetitive Phrases such as “as I have said” and “as we shall see” abound I savored in particular “it bears repeating” My interest sagged in the middle of the book when the author retells material Herodotus reports; for that I’d rather get it from the original Sélincourt’s love of Greek lyric poetry however is infectious and he is especially good on Plato So on balance I’m glad I stuck it out He convinces me of the greatness of Sappho makes me want to reread Homer and Sophocles and try some Plato For this I’m grateful

  6. says:

    One of the towering reading experiences for me in recent memory Aubrey de Sélincourt takes a monumentally enormous complex subject breaks it down methodically makes his points clearly succinctly writes with an easy entertaining style that is pure pleasure to read From the larger historical tapestry to individual stories that bring to life the spirit of the times the author utilizes all his vast scholarship in creating this simultaneously breezy detailed labor of love I began this book knowing next to nothing about ancient Greece came away with my head bursting not only with knowledge but a genuine enthusiasm for a topic I have always been somewhat afraid to explore For those in the same boat as well as those looking for a comprehensive overview of the period this is the perfect prescription

  7. says:

    This odd project from 1962 is a discussion and analysis of Herodotus Herodotus is fairly straightforward to read and the author mentions most of his stories just as an outline while adding his opinionated and now dated commentary on ancient Greek history and culture A final segment of the book adds discussion of Greek literature in general with large uoted extracts About 30% of the way into the book one wonders whether it would be better to read one of the annotated translations of Herodotus directly eg The Landmark edition

  8. says:

    I will review this book when I have finished reading it

  9. says:

    Good introductory study of the time period and background

  10. says:

    Nice overview of not only the period but the writings of Herodotus

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