Father of History

Monti, Giustina (2021) Father of History. In: The Herodotus Encyclopedia. Wiley, pp. 573-574. ISBN 9781118689646

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Herodotus was pictured as the father of history by Cicero. However, this depiction was far from being a compliment, since Cicero was also portraying him as a story-teller and a liar. The Italian humanist Petrarch detected this inconsistency, finding it hard to believe. He also called Herodotus the father of Greek history. In the twentieth century, J.L Myres attempted to rediscover Herodotus’ claim to the title, which persists today.

Keywords:Herodotus, Ancient Historiography, Cicero
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q720 Classical Greek Literature
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V110 Ancient History
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q800 Classical studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:45141
Deposited On:09 Jun 2021 09:05

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