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Herodotus (flourished 5th century BC) – Greek historian

Herodotus is often called the ‘Father of History’. He was an Asian Greek who travelled very widely around the known world, living for a time in Athens and finally settling in Italy, in the Greek colony of Thurii. On his travels he visited all kinds of battle scenes associated with the series of wars between the Greeks and the Persians over the years 500 to 470, and he was most probably at some of the battles like Marathon or Salamis.

When he settled, he wrote long, action-packed, detailed and always gripping accounts of the wars, which were punctuated with splendid descriptions of peoples, cities and empires. His consistent, graphic and often grand style of writing, together with his sound head for detail, rightly earned him the reputation of being the first serious historian.

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