Herodotus, one of the earliest and greatest of Western prose authors, set out in the late fifth century BC to describe the world as he knew it - its peoples and their achievements, together with the causes and course of the great wars that brought the Greek cities into conflict with the empires of the Near East. Each subsequent generation of historians has sought to use his text and to measure their knowledge of these cultures against his words.
This commentary by leading scholars, originally published in Italian, has been fully revised by the original authors and has now been edited for English-speaking readers by Oswyn Murray and Alfonso Moreno. It is designed for use alongside the Oxford Classical Text of Herodotus, and will replace the century-old historical commentary of How and Wells (1912) as the most authoritative account of modern scholarship on Herodotus.
Books I-IV cover the history and cultures of Lydia, Egypt, Persia, and the nomads of Scythia and North Africa, in their contacts with the Greeks from mythical times to the start of the fifth century BC; these themes, with many digressions, are woven into an account of the expansion of the Persian Empire and its relations with the Greeks.
"David Asheri, a first-class Israeli Herodotean, who as overall editor of the project has also contributed a lengthy and brilliant, introductory essay on Herodotus and his work. The original Italian version of this essay has now been carefully updated and elegantly translated. For the general reader
it, and all four individual books, remain the most valuable and accessible matter in an advanced commentary." --New York Review of Books
Oswyn Murray: David Asheri
David Asheri: General Introduction
Book IDavid Asheri:
Book IIAlan Lloyd:
Book IIIDavid Asheri:
Book IVAldo Corcella: