Herodotus’ Histories — Original Greek Text and Translation

Ἡροδότου Ἁλικαρνησσέος ἱστορίης ἀπόδεξις ἥδε …

Herodotus of Halicarnassus here presents his research … Bust of Herodotus’

Scroll down to view the chapters and skip the introduction. I have previously written a rather lengthy article about this work and will, therefore, not go into much detail about the book itself on this page here. As a short summary, however, Herodotus’ Inquiries or Research — which are more accurate translations than Histories — detail many important historic events that occured during or before Herodotus’ time. Amongst these are the Greco-Persian Wars, which is one of the first things he mentions in his introduction to his work. Herodotus attempts to see things from the perspective of both sides and, in this manner, tries to create a neutral point-of-view and a simple retelling of history as it happened without (too many) biases. He is, to this day, our primary resource for the details of aforemetioned historic events.

I would like to thank — and am, because of the license, required to — the Perseus Digital Library for providing a great and free to use version of his work. As the Creative Commons license which can be found at the bottom of the page is compatible with their license, I am not required to change the license specifically for these translations. As such, they are, as the rest of the website, licensed as stated in the site’s footer.

Chapters 1 – 10

Chapters 11 – 20

Chapters 21 – 30