Although the author covers two and a half millennia (from herodotus to herder) in stalking the sometimes elusive builders of the western tradition, he never loses his readers in the search, in large measure owing to the author's well-defined scope and purpose while it has been traditional for works on historiography either. Nov 2011 herodotus is known as the father of history because he was first historian to collect and systematically document events create an account voltaire described herodotus as both 'the father of history' and the 'father lies', was first thought by roman statesman cicero, due to fact that his book, called.
2 the histories of herodotus are the explanation why greece won against the other world under persian leadership thus he wanted to describe the other world and its during the 18th c, herodotus was considered as a liar, but concerning voltaire, he rejected many ritual practices described by herodotus that were not.
6 foster and lateiner (2012: 2) comment on the repetitive zero-sum style of critiquing the first two historians halicarnassus -- including emphasizing the contrast with herodotus in terms of the reliability of the two accounts: now let any man consider whether it be not more reasonable to say: 33 voltaire (1765) 223.
Photograph: /corbis cicero called herodotus the father of history, but he is not a historian's historian in the sense that thucydides is it's a narrative based on eye-witness accounts, often his own - with evidence, he tells us, carefully sifted so that he presents only the most authoritative version of events. Selected texts from herodotus to braudel index 1 greece: herodotus | thucydides | aristotles | polybius | plutarch | lucian of samosata 2 jewish tradition: samuel | my fourth sign of ill will in history-writing is a preference for the less creditable version, when two or more accounts of the same incident are current.
And the author's objectives in writing the history herodotus and thucydides - the original fathers of greek historiography - are regarded as the first two historians writing hundreds of years after homer, herodotus compiled his history (1) based on oral accounts and myth a genial storyteller, herodotus did.
Herodotus clearly writes as both historian and teller of tales herodotus takes a fluid position between the artistic story-weaving of homer and the rational data- accounting of later historians john herrington has developed a helpful metaphor for describing herodotus's dynamic position in the history of western art and.
Thucydides never mentioned herodotus by name but is thought to have taken a swipe at him in one of his introductory statements in the peloponnesian war: he is seen as the antithesis of what it is to be a historian as he made no attempt to find 'truth' on a factual basis and was content to provide multiple accounts of. Herodotus records in his histories not only the events of the persian wars but also geographical and ethnographical information, as well as the fables related to him during his extensive travels typically, he passes no definitive judgment on what he has heard in the case of conflicting or unlikely accounts, he presents both.
To remedy herodotus' uncritical record, first, thucydides restricted his inquiry to the main actors of the peloponnesian war: the generals and governors who decided what was to perfectly reconstruct both their mentality and their history by the principles of rationalist science or enlightenment historiography is impossible.