Herodotean Inquiries

Herodotean Inquiries

Seth Benardete


Herodotus' Inquiries will be considered as our greatest and so much entire rfile for pre-Socratic philosophy. with out being a piece of philosophy, its plan and goal can't be understood except philosophy. right here an try is made to discover Herodotus' plan and purpose and to hyperlink them with their philosophic roots. This try calls for that Herodotus' manner of telling a narrative be tested, for Herodotus essentially unearths himself within the tales themselves and never within the ethical he occasionally attracts from them. as soon as one sees the significance Herodotus himself locations in his personal Inquiries, his account of Egypt, which has lengthy been a stumbling block on any interpretation, may be favored; and Egypt in flip provides the root for realizing booklet II on Persia and IV on Scythia and Libya. those 3 books end up to be the middle of the Inquiries, for they determine the required stipulations for either Greekness and the certainty of Greekness, and for that reason for the subsequent 5 books at the Persian Wars.

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