Plutarch: Malice of Herodotos

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Plutarch: Malice of Herodotos

Aris & Phillips Classical Texts


January 1st, 1992



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The Malice of Herodotus can perhaps best be described as the world's earliest known book review. But it is much more than that, for in the course of 'correcting' with considerable vituperation what he saw as Herodotus' anti-Greek bias, Plutarch tells us much about his own attitude to writing history. So that together with Lucian's How to Write History (see Lucian A Selection in this series) it forms a basic text for the study of Greek historiography. It is also perhaps the most revealing example of Plutarch's prose style with its rhetorical variety and energy and odd mixture of good and bad argument. But in citing lost works, Plutarch has preserved valuable fragments which don't exist elsewhere and need to be assessed by all students of the Persian Wars. Greek text with translion, introduction and commentary.

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Anthony Bowen is an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. From 1993 to 2007 he was Orator of the University. His publications include 'Aeschylus: Suppliant Women' and 'Plutarch: The Malice of Herodotus' for the Aris & Phillips Classical Texts series, as well as the translation of 'Lacantius: Divine Institutes' (Liverpool University Press, 2004).