Friday, December 15, 2006


I am reading Herodotus. He was the first great historian. He attempted a history of the world disguised as a history of the Persian-Greek Wars.

He lived in the 5th. century BC. In his day Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and most of the rest of the people of ancient history had yet to be born. Rome itself was just a small village, struggling for survival way out in the boondocks in Italy.

Here is the map of the world as Herodotus and the people of his time understood it. Here is a description of the map.

The copy I am reading is the Penguin Classics version. This is the version pictured to the left.

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