Histories of Herodotus of Helicarnassus V. I & II - Translated by Harry Carter
Heritage Press, 1958. HC in Slipcase. 8vo., 615 pgs. total. Illustrations and borders by Edward Bawden. With Sandglass insert. VF copies in VG slipcases.
The History of Herodotus is now considered the founding work of history in Western literature. Written in 440 BC, The Histories serves as a record of the ancient traditions, politics, geography, and clashes of various cultures that were known in Western Asia, Northern Africa and Greece at that time. Although not a fully impartial record, it remains one of the West's most important sources regarding these affairs. The Histories also stands as one of the first accounts of the rise of the Persian Empire, as well as the events and causes of the Greco-Persian Wars between the Achaemenid Empire and the Greek city-states in the 5th century BC. Herodotus portrays the conflict as one between the forces of slavery (the Persians) on the one hand, and freedom (the Athenians and the confederacy of Greek city-states which united against the invaders) on the other.