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  • Histories |  Herodotus

    Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Herodotus
    • Narrated By David Timson
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    In this, the first prose history in European civilization, Herodotus describes the growth of the Persian Empire with force, authority, and style. Perhaps most famously, the book tells the heroic tale of the Greeks' resistance to the vast invading force assembled by Xerxes, king of Persia. Here are not only the great battles - Marathon, Thermopylae, and Salamis - but also penetrating human insight and a powerful sense of epic destiny at work.

    John says: "Very Entertaining"
  • The Persian Wars |  Herodotus

    The Persian Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Herodotus
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Unquestionably, Herodotus has left mankind one of the world's greatest works of literature. The Persian Wars is part history, part geography, part anthropology...and completely entertaining. It possesses a charm that is legendary. But, over and above this, Herodotus has succeeded for all time in brilliantly expressing the conflict between the ideal of the free man defending his liberty within a state based on the rule of law, and that of the despot who bases his rule on brute force and whose subjects are considered slaves.

    Heather Robertson says: "Great story"
  • The Histories |  Herodotus

    The Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Herodotus
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
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    Herodotus is not only the father of the art and the science of historical writing, but also one of the Western tradition's most compelling storytellers. In tales such as that of Gyges, who murders Candaules, the king of Lydia, and usurps his throne and his marriage bed, thereby bringing on, generations later, war with the Persians, Herodotus laid bare the intricate human entanglements at the core of great historical events.

    Darwin8u says: "Pater historiae: Latin, b/c who gets Greek jokes?"
  • The Histories: The Persian Wars |  Herodotus,A. D. Godley

    The Histories: The Persian Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Herodotus, A. D. Godley
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Herodotus was a Greek historian born in Halicarnassus, subject at the time of the great Persian Empire. He lived in the fifth century BC (c. 484 - c. 425 BC), a contemporary of Socrates. He is often referred to as "The Father of History", a title originally conferred by Cicero. Herodotus was the first historian known to have broken from Homeric tradition in order to treat historical subjects as a method of investigation, specifically by collecting his materials in a critical, systematic fashion and then arranging them into a chronological narrative.

  • The World's Oldest Short Stories: Tales from Ancient Egypt, India, Greece, and Rome |  Herodotus, Theocritus, Petronius, Apuleius

    The World's Oldest Short Stories: Tales from Ancient Egypt, India, Greece, and Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Herodotus, Theocritus, Petronius, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    Many stories have stood the test of time, but this selection have entranced audiences for thousands of years and remain as fresh today as they were when first told. A fascinating collection which gives vivid insights into lives in ancient times and the issues that occupied the people of the day.

    S. Creutz says: "Spirit World"
  • The Persian War from The Histories |  Herodotus

    The Persian War from The Histories

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herodotus
    • Narrated By Roy Marsden
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    In this, the first prose history in European civilization, Herodotus tells the heroic tale of the Greeks' resistance to the vast invading force assembled by Xerxes, King of Persia. Here are not only the great battles - Marathon, Thermopylae, Salamis - but also penetrating human insight and a powerful sense of epic destiny at work. Translated by George Rawlinson.

    Benedict says: "This is great!"
  • The Persian Wars, Volume 1 |  Herodotus

    The Persian Wars, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Herodotus
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Overall
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    (45)
    Story
    (49)

    The Persian Wars is part history, part geography, part anthropology...and completely entertaining. It possesses a charm that is legendary. However, over and above this, Herodotus has succeeded for all time in brilliantly expressing the conflict between the ideal of the free man defending his liberty within a state based on the rule of law, and that of the despot who bases his rule on brute force and whose subjects are considered slaves.

    Benedict says: "Herodotus!"
  • The Persian Wars, Volume 2 |  Herodotus

    The Persian Wars, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Herodotus
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
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    Story
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    We enter directly into the intrigues between the Greeks and Persians. Darius, infuriated with Athens because of her support for the liberation of the Ionian Greeks, initiates the first invasion of Greece, which ends with the Athenian victory at Marathon. When Xerxes ascends the Persian throne a few years later, the war is resumed on a vastly greater scale. In some of the most wonderful prose of all time, Herodotus describes the events ending in the naval battle of Salamis and the clash of armies at Plataea.

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