Herodotus' Histories is the first major surviving prose work from antiquity. Its range of interests is immense, covering the whole of the known world and much beyond, and it culminates in a detailed account of the Persian Wars of the early fifth century BC. Moreover, research has shown that Herodotus is a sophisticated and at times even ironic narrator, and a pioneer and serious practitioner of historical research at a time when the Greeks' traditions about their past were still the fluid transmissions and memories of a largely oral society. This Companion provides a series of accessible chapters, written by distinguished scholars, illuminating many aspects of Herodotus' work: his skill in language and his narrative art; his intellectual preconceptions; his working methods and techniques; his attitude towards nature and the gods; his attitude towards foreign cultures and peoples; and his view of human life and human history.
Introduction Carolyn Dewald and John Marincola; 1. Herodotus and the poetry of the past John Marincola; 2. Herodotus and his prose predecessors Robert Fowler; 3. Herodotus and tragedy Jasper Griffin; 4. The intellectual milieu of Herodotus Rosalind Thomas; 5. Meta-historie: method and genre in the Histories Nino Luraghi; 6. The syntax of historie: how Herodotus writes Egbert Bakker; 7. Speech and narrative in the Histories Christopher Pelling; 8. Herodotus, Sophocles and the woman who wanted her brother saved Carolyn Dewald and Rachel Kitzinger; 9. Stories and story-telling in the Histories Alan Griffiths; 10. Humour and danger in Herodotus Carolyn Dewald; 11. Location and dislocation in Herodotus Rachel Friedman; 12. Herodotus and the natural world James Romm; 13. Herodotus and Greek religion Scott Scullion; 14. Warfare in Herodotus Lawrence Tritle; 15. Herodotus, political history and political thought Sara Forsdyke; 16. Herodotus and the cities of mainland Greece Philip Stadter; 17. Herodotus and Italy Rosaria Munson; 18. Herodotus and Persia Michael Flower; 19. Herodotus and foreign lands Tim Rood; 20. Herodotus' influence in antiquity Simon Hornblower; Glossary; Timeline.