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Definition: Historian who wrote the first history of Greece. Traveled widely, writing about other civilizations as well. He is called the "Father of History" because he was the first to attempt to categorize things into a historical setting. However, some of what he wrote is now known to be false, so it is not entirely clear if all of his writings are to be believed. Nonetheless, he gives us a clear picture of life "way back then," including a remarkable history of the Persian Wars.

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Herodotus: Greece's First Historian
Herodotus is regarded by many to be the "Father of History," for his famous work The Histories, an account of the causes and particulars of the Greco-Persian Wars. However, his work also includes many fanciful tales, which has led others to term him the "Father of Lies." One thing is for sure: We know a lot more about the Greek world, the Persian world, and the world around both ancient civilizations from what Herodotus wrote down than we ever would have if he had not been compelled to scrawl on scrolls with an eye toward posterity. 

Ancient Greece
Learn more about the area as a whole.

Map Drawn by Herodotus

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Herodotus Website
Everything you need to know about the great man.

The History of Herodotus
Read the words of the famous historian for yourself.

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