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Herodotus and History – “The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton

February 12th, 2012 · No Comments · History, Humanism, Philosophy, Politics, War

Historians often forget that the proper study of history is men. Marshalled facts and reasoned analyses tend to cover up human nature. That was not Herodotus’ way. People are always to the fore in his book. It is fortunate for us that he is the reporter of Marathon, Thermopylæ, Salamis, names which shine like stars through the endless, senseless wars that make up most of the world’s history. In his hands they are the scenes of a great drama written in plain human terms. The disposing causes are men’s arrogance and greed for conquest and their power to defend what is dear to them against overwhelming odds.

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