If you’ve ever read or seen the classic The English Patient, you’ll remember they keep name checking Herodotus and his book The Histories. Intrigued, I went to the library and checked out a copy, Which was a lucky accident, because that was the year Robin Waterfield’s translation of Herodotus came out.
This is a great chance to read the great nonfiction works of the Greek and Roman worlds. There’s some pretty cool stuff: Greek mercenaries battling back home through a thousand miles of hostile territory, the lives of the debauched emperors, the secret history of the origin of Sparta, and a lot more.
Recommended for their literary value as well as for students of history, political science, military science, sociology and more.