Herodotus, The Father of History

Head of Herodotos; Greek inscription. Roman copy of the Imperial era (AD 2nd century) after a Greek bronze original of the first half of the 4th century BC. From Benha (ancient Athribis), Lower Egypt. (Photo: Wikipedia/Public Domain)

The year 425 BC brought to the world the geographer and historian Herodotus. Little can be learned about his early life excepting what other writers mentioned, but, before him no other writer had studied the past or explained the cause-and-effect of all events. Because of him analysis became an indispensable part of political life that scholars have followed for 2,500 years.

He was born in about 485 BC in Halicarnassus, a lively city in Asia Minor. His parents were wealthy Greek, …

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  1. And yet, both Metaxas and Venizelos, trying to be Bizmark, adulterated both Herodotus and Thucydides, producing hordes of Greek Trumps

  2. Thank you for an excellent overview of Herodotus.

    For reasons you describe, I maintain that the true father of history is Thucydides, whereas Herodotus is the father of fake news.

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