indeed puts both poets 400 years before his own time; that is, at about 830-820 B.C., and the evidence stated above points to the middle of the ninth century as the probable date for the "Works and Days".
The work of Herodotus
might be put into verse, and it would still be a species of history, with metre no less than without it.
recounts that when the people of Cyrene asked the oracle of Delphi to help them in their dissensions, the oracle told them to go to Mantinea, and the Mantineans lent them Demonax, who acted as a "setter straight" and drew up a new constitution for Cyrene.
Such was the successless armament of Xerxes described by Herodotus
, or the successful expedition of Alexander related by Arrian.
I will not tell you, poor old man, to go and visit the sepulchral chambers of the pyramids, of which ancient Herodotus
speaks, nor the brick tower of Babylon, nor the immense white marble sanctuary of the Indian temple of Eklinga.
In fact, much the same sort of movement and mixture went on in old England as we find in older Herodotus
, who also, in telling what had been, thought it well to take a woman's lot for his starting-point; though Io, as a maiden apparently beguiled by attractive merchandise, was the reverse of Miss Brooke, and in this respect perhaps bore more resemblance to Rosamond Vincy, who had excellent taste in costume, with that nymph-like figure and pure blindness which give the largest range to choice in the flow and color of drapery.
Lorenzo Valla, one of the most famous promoters of Italian learning, not only translated into Latin the Iliad of Homer and the Histories of Herodotus
and Thucydides, but also the Fables of Aesop.
As we turned and moved again through the temple, I wished that the illustrious men who had sat in it in the remote ages could visit it again and reveal themselves to our curious eyes--Plato, Aristotle, Demosthenes, Socrates, Phocion, Pythagoras, Euclid, Pindar, Xenophon, Herodotus
, Praxiteles and Phidias, Zeuxis the painter.
says the Indus is, with one exception, the only river that produces crocodiles, but they appear to have gone West and grown up with the other rivers.
We have the civil history of that people, as Herodotus
, Thucydides, Xenophon, and Plutarch have given it; a very sufficient account of what manner of persons they were and what they did.
Why, when he first came I remember he used to read Herodotus
for pleasure as I did Don Quixote, and couldn't have made a false concord if he'd tried ever so hard; and then I looked after his cricket."
Writers on the other side owe their allegiance to Thucydides' playful twin founder of history, Herodotus
. The authors argue his The Histories set the foundation for work that tickles the imagination, and that understands that myth, opinion and story have as much to say about the truth of an event as whatever can be thought a concrete fact.