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) was an ancient
who was born in
) and lived in the fifth century BC (484–425 BC). He has been called "The Father of History" (firstly conferred by
), and 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.
—his masterpiece and the only work he is known to have produced—is a record of his "inquiry" (or
, a word that passed into Latin and acquired its modern meaning of "history"), being an investigation of the origins of the
and including a wealth of geographical and
information. Although some of his stories were fanciful, he claimed he was reporting only what had been told to him. Little is known of his personal history.
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portrait of Herodotus
Herodotus on the Web
Herodotus of Halicarnassus
1911 Britannica article "Herodotus"
The History of Herodotus
Parallel Greek and English text of the History of Herodotus
Excerpts of Sélincourt's translation
The Histories of Herodotus
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Pliny the Elder
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