Comparison Of Herodotus And The Persian War

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Fifth Century BCE was a turbulent time throughout the Mediterranean region. The Persian War (499-479 BCE) witnessed a unified Hellenic response to repel foreign invaders while the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BCE) was distinguished by the polarization of former allies, Athens and Sparta, engaged in war. We know of these events, which transpired nearly 2,500 years ago, mainly because of the works of two men, Herodotus and Thucydides. Herodotus focused his writing on the events of, and surrounding, the Persian War where Thucydides’ major topic of inquiry was on the Peloponnesian War. Thucydides and Herodotus appear to be involved in the same endeavor on the surface, the recording of significant events, but their methodology and the way in which they write history are in contrast.…show more content…
He was just a child when the Persian War ended, so he had to rely on the stories and first-hand account of others when compiling his information. Herodotus was writing and gathering information one generation removed which is not an uncommon practice, especially in modern historiography. He claimed to have travelled all over the region interviewing people and conducting research, but he probably did most of his and writing in or around Athens. The majority of his sources are first-hand narratives of people who were, or claimed to be, at significant events. Herodotus seemed to have collected an incredible amount of stories and sifted through them using his own logic, judgment, and sometime bias, for interpreting and articulating the

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