The World of Herodotus

Aubrey de Sélincourt
Introduced by Paul Cartledge

This sparkling study of the ancient world pays tribute to Herodotus, whose Histories made him a forefather of the modern historian.

‘If we want knowledge about the ancient world,’ writes Aubrey de Sélincourt, ‘we must turn to the scientific historians ... if we want knowledge of the ancient world, we must turn to historians of a different kind.’ One such historian is Herodotus, whose groundbreaking Histories founded the modern disciplines of history and travel writing. Another is de Sélincourt himself, whose World of Herodotus (first published in 1962) provides a fascinating exploration of the ‘world’ – both geographical and cultural – which Herodotus so memorably chronicles.

Exploring a period which Paul Cartledge describes in his introduction as ‘one of the most interesting and exciting epochs of all human history’, this new edition features endpaper maps illustrating the Mediterranean and the Near East, and a comprehensive chronology.

Twenty-four pages of colour illustrations complement de Sélincourt's eye for both the serious and playful aspects of ancient life, juxtaposing sublime statues and vases with ancient depictions of turtles, crocodiles and hockey players. The binding design, portraying a raucous Dionysian parade, encapsulates de Sélincourt’s sense that ‘men in the passage of centuries, though they have changed their clothes much and often, have but little and seldom changed themselves’.

Bound in cloth blocked with a design by Neil Gower

Set in Garamond

448 pages

Frontispiece and 24 pages of colour plates

Printed map endpapers

Plain slipcase

˝ x 6¼˝

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