Herodotus Biography

Herodotus, also known as the "Father of History," was born in Halicarnassus, Caira (modern day Bodrum, Turkey) and lived between 484 BCE and 425 BCE. The reason he is considered among many as the father of history is because he was one of the first historians to collect materials, test their accuracy and construct or arrange them into a systematic order by events that took place. His masterpiece and last surviving evidence of his work is a compilation of the Greco-Persian wars known as "The Histories." This book describes in vivid detail the events that took place during the reign of the Persian Empire. This includes ethnographical and geographical information, as well as reasoning for the rise and fall of the greedy empire. Because Herodotus was not there for every event, many of the recordings in The Histories can be considered inaccurate. Herodotus relied on much information passed down to him to supplement his work, hence beginning his own investigations to complete his book. Due to the contradictions and his tendency to over-exaggerate his tales, he was also entitled the "Father of Lies." Not a lot is known about the daily life of Herodotus during his time. It is a possibility he may have heard firsthand accounts of the beginning of the Persian invasion into Greece, since at that time his hometown was within the Persian Empire. Herodotus died in Calabria or Macedon around 425 BCE. He lived to be around 60 years old. Herodotus became a symbolic and respected image throughout the ages because of his collected works of human history. His works have inspired many other great authors and researchers and also have been the groundwork for many other great minds around the world. His reputation around the world is that of a historian with some of the world's greatest works.

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Herodotus. Hyper History. By Rit Nosotro