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(῾Ηρόδοτος, c. 484–424 bce), is the greatest historian of antiquity, besides Thucydides (c. 460–post 400 bce). He came from the mixed Greco-Carian city of Halicarnassus (today Bodrum in Turkey) and was a Persian subject. Historical thinking has its roots in Anatolia. It began among the Hittites (Asia Minor) and passed on to Homer, but Herodotus is the true “father of historiography” (Cic. De Legibus I 1.5). His entirely preserved opus, Historiai (Lat. Historiae), is written in Ionic prose, the scholarly language of the 6th and 7th centuries bce. Herodotus wrote a hi…

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Högemann, Peter, “Herodotus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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