The Persian War by Herodotus audiobook

The Persian War: From The Histories

By Herodotus
Read by Roy Marsden

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3.92 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9789629547189

In The Persian War, taken from The Histories, the first history prose in European civilization, Herodotus tells the heroic tale of the Greeks’ resistance to the vast invading force assembled by Xerxes, king of Persia. Herodotus’ epic story contains not only the great battles—Marathon, Thermopylae, and Salamis—but also penetrating human insight and a powerful sense of destiny.

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In The Persian War, taken from The Histories, the first history prose in European civilization, Herodotus tells the heroic tale of the Greeks’ resistance to the vast invading force assembled by Xerxes, king of Persia.

Herodotus’ epic story contains not only the great battles—Marathon, Thermopylae, and Salamis—but also penetrating human insight and a powerful sense of destiny.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“As near to the horse’s mouth, historically, as you’re likely to get to this epic conflict between Greece and Persia circa 480 BC. Herodotus’ Histories (this is a tiny extract) have been regularly plundered over twenty-five centuries by historians from Thucydides to Tom Holland. Forget 300, Hollywood’s take on Thermopylae. Listen to the way Herodotus sets the scene: ‘West of Thermopylae rises a lofty and precipitous hill, impossible to climb, which runs up into the chain of Oeta, while to the east the road is shut in by the sea and by marshes. In this place are the warm springs which the natives call the Cauldrons, and above them stands an altar sacred to Heracles…’ Pithy, informative, entertaining—the real McCoy.” Guardian (London)
“A conscientious and energetic rendering of an uncredited eighteenth or nineteenth-century translation of this masterpiece by the father of modern historians. With never-flagging artistry, Marsden does everything an actor can do to hide how difficult this book is to read aloud. Who’d have thought that such a raspy voice could be so pleasant and expressive?…[A] fine production.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Herodotus

Author Bio: Herodotus

Herodotus (c. 484–425 BC) was a Greek historian. Known as the “father of history,” he was the first historian known to collect his materials systematically, test their accuracy to a certain extent, and arrange them in a well-constructed and vivid narrative. The Histories, his masterpiece and the only work he is known to have produced, is a record of his investigation of the origins of the Greco-Persian Wars, which includes a wealth of geographical and ethnographical information.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 3.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English