Herodotus is the oldest Greek historian whose works survive. He has been called the “father of history.” Dr Oswyn Murray, Emeritus Fellow, Balliol College, University of Oxford, joins the show to discuss Herodotus’ life and writings.
Some topics explored
- What’s known about where he was born and died and when
- The Greek word logos
- What Herodotus wrote on
- How much of his work (corpus) works
- What he wrote on that survives
- How the works survived and past hitherto
- What language Herodotus wrote in
- Herodotus’ usage of mythology in his history writings
- History being memory
- Herodotus’ writings on the Greco-Persian Wars
- What’s known about the later period of Herodotus’ life
Listen to the episode
The episode can be streamed below and is also available on major podcast apps: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music.
- Dr Murray is the author of numerous books including authoring The Symposion: Drinking Greek Style (Oxford University Press) and editing A Commentary on Herodotus Books I-IV (Oxford University Press)
- Oswyn Murray’s personal homepage is oswynmurray.org
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