Herodotus Book 5 Review

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Herodotus, Herodotus: The Histories. London: Penguin Group, 2003. In the start of the fifth book, Herodotus tells of the beginning wars between the Persians and the Greeks. The reader can find Herodotus to be somewhat messy with his writing in the beginning of this book because it gets confusing. Herodotus seems to favor Histiaeus of Miletus by calling him kind and honorable. One of Herodotus’ main themes is the Persians conquest and we learn of how the govern and take over land. Later in the book, Herodotus explains how the Greeks revolt against Darius. The author is biased in this part because he considers the revolt to be disastrous. Herodotus does not seem to like the Greek kings who are protégés of great kings. The story of Aristagoras revolting against the king Darius is messy on Herodotus’ part because he knows two stories, not just one. A democratic government is established when the Persians are seized and Ionian Greeks rebel. Arrangements for war are made in preparation after the rebel of the Greeks. Aristagoras ignores advice from an oracle, and instead asks help from the Spartan army, which is known to be a great army. The reader is taught by the author of Aristagoras’ visit to Sparta. Herodotus goes in to great detail about the host of the trip, and tells story from his early childhood, and we even learn how Cleomenes is not all there in the head. Herodotus still does not seem too biased in his writing, but he does seem to realize when someone is crazy. Aristagoras is asked to leave by his hosts because of a disagreement. The author seems to color some of his stories a bit too dark, and might be better suited if he didn’t go in to great detail about them because they confuse the reader and leave them wondering. For example, Herodotus’ account of the Ionian revolt is confusing to the reader. Herodotus does a good job of explain how the democratic government worked out in Athens. Aristagoras continues to go into the Greek towns, and...
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