A new edition of Herodotus Book I -- critical apparatus, introduction and commentary


ACLS Fellowship Program


Classics and History


This project contributes to an edition of Book I of Herodotus' Histories, co-authored with Rosaria Munson, with critical apparatus, introduction, and commentary. Herodotus' habits of speech and thought form a basis for understanding what he meant by 'historie'—and thus the extent to which his procedures may properly be considered 'historical' today. How much information does he convey about the sixth- and fifth-century east Aegean world? To what extent is he rather a narrator making artistic use of traditional folk materials? An edition of Book I exploring such issues is needed to help understand one of the foundational texts of early Greek literature and history.