Herodotus

Plutarch’s “On the Malice of Herodotus”

Plutarch's essay on Herodotus has been described as "the world's earliest known book review." We all have seen examples of this type of writing: a scathing review by a reviewer whose negative comments reveal an underlying bias against the author or his work that seems to obviate any pretense of an objective appraisal. Such an approach is puzzling in this case in that it seems so out of character for… Read more

Gallery: Who’s Who?

"The outward appearance of Alexander is best represented by the statues of him which Lysippus made, and it was by this artist alone that Alexander himself thought it fit that he should be modelled. For those peculiarities which many of his successors and friends afterwards tried to imitate, namely, the poise of the neck, which was bent slightly to the left, and the melting glance of his eyes, this artist… Read more

Video—Online Open House: Herodotus, with Alexander Hollmann

We are pleased to welcome Alexander Hollman (University of Washington) for our next Open House discussion, which will be about Herodotus. The event will be streamed live on Thursday March 10, at 11 a.m. EST, and will be recorded. His book, The Master of Signs: Signs and the Interpretation of Signs in Herodotus' Histories, is available at the CHS website. To prepare for this event you may like to read… Read more

Book Club | March: Herodotus Histories

"This is the display of the inquiry of Herodotus of Halicarnassus, so that things done by man not be forgotten in time, and that great and marvelous deeds, some displayed by the Hellenes, some by the barbarians, not lose their glory, including among others what was the cause of their waging war on each other. " Our next Book Club will feature selections from Herodotus Histories: Book 1 up to… Read more