One of the great books in Western history and the very first work of non-fiction, in Tom Holland's compelling new translation
Tom Holland is the best-selling author of Rubicon, which won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, Persian Fire, Millenium and most recently In the Shadow of the Sword. His translation of Herodotus's Histories was published by Penguin Classics in 2013.
Holland's text makes for energizing reading . . . unquestionably
the best English translation of Herodotus to have appeared in the
last half-century . . . fast, funny, opinionated, clear and erudite
. . . I am in awe of Tom Holland's achievement -- Edith Hall * TLS
Tom Holland has been captivated by Herodotus since he was a child. His pleasure shines through his relaxed, idiomatic, expansive and often dramatic translation . . . He, like Herodotus, is a storyteller par excellence -- Peter Jones * New Statesman *
A labour of love . . . full of rattling good yarns . . . the minister for education should present each of his cabinet colleagues with a copy of Holland's admirable translation * Economist *