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Herodotus and the Road to History

by Jeanne Bendick
79 pages, Biography/History
Reviewed by Lady Meriwen

Enjoyable introduction to the writings of Herodotus.

Plot

Herodotus was born and raised in a comfortable town in a nation that considered itself the center of civilization. With a loving family and a good social standing, what more could he want?

Knowledge. Excitement. Satiation of curiosity. When a clever and good-natured Greek gets the wanderlust, anything can happen - even something as intriguing and foundational as Herodotus' Histories.

Morality

The author shows Herodotus as a kind and unassuming man, appreciative of the world's many cultures and modestly proud of his work.

Spiritual Content

Herodotus impartially describes the gods of the different lands he travels through. He mentions in one place that he respects the gods of the Egyptians.

Violence

None.

Drug and Alcohol Content

The Greeks drink water mixed with wine.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

Jeanne Bendick's work is amazing. She makes ancient history as practical and exciting as it really is: easy for young readers to understand but still intelligent and accurate. This book is a fun and reliable introduction to Herodotus, no matter the age of the reader.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 8-10

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