Explores the many different ways in which Herodotus' Histories were read and understood during a momentous period of world history.
Introduction Thomas Harrison and Joseph Skinner;
1. From ethnography to history: Herodotean and Thucydidean traditions in the development of Greek historiography Tim Rood;
2. 'Romantic poet-sage of history': Herodotus and his Arion in the long nineteenth century Edith Hall;
3. Herodotus as anti-classical toolbox Suzanne Marchand;
4. George Grote and the 'open-hearted Herodotus' Mark Molesky;
5. Imagining empire through Herodotus Joseph Skinner;
6. Two Victorian Egypts of Herodotus David Gange;
7. Of Europe Phiroze Vasunia;
8. From Scythian ethnography to Aryan christianity: Herodotean revolutions on the eve of the Russian Revolution Caspar Meyer;
9. Herodotus and the 1919-22 Greco-Turkish War Naoise Mac Sweeney;
10. Herodotus's travels in Britain and beyond: prose composition and pseudo-ethnography Thomas Harrison.
Thomas Harrison is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews, Scotland and a specialist in classical Greek historiography and cultural history. His publications include Divinity and History: The Religion of Herodotus (2000), The Emptiness of Asia: Aeschylus' Persians and the History of the Fifth Century (2000), and Writing Ancient Persia (2011), and (as co-editor, with Bruce Gibson) Polybius and his World: Essays in Memory of F. W. Walbank (2013) and (with Elizabeth Irwin) Interpreting Herodotus (2018). He is currently working on a study of the role of belief in Greek religion. Joseph Skinner is Lecturer in Ancient Greek History at Newcastle University. His research interests include the history and reception of ancient ethnographic thought, Herodotus' Histories and ancient Greek identity. His publications include The Invention of Greek Ethnography: From Homer to Herodotus (2012), and (as co-editor, with Eran Almagor) Ancient Ethnography: New Approaches (2013). He is currently working on his next monograph, Neglected Ethnographies: The Visual and Material (forthcoming).