Herodotus

Herodotus – the Pyramids

The ancient Pyramids of Egypt were built 4,500 years ago. The ancient Greek Herodotus tells us how they were built – and mentions some projects that he thinks are even more amazing.

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Herodotus: The Egyptians and the Greeks

Egyptian Pharaoh Amasis made friends with powerful Greeks of his time. We include a famous story about the Greek ruler, Polycrates of Samos, and his golden ring.

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Herodotus: The Gods of Ancient Egypt

Herodotus often wrote about the Egyptian gods under Greek names. He thought the Egyptian gods were more or less the same as the Greek ones. Was he right?

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Herodotus – The River Nile

Herodotus visited Egypt and devoted the Second Book of his Histories to its wonders. He called Egypt the “Gift of the Nile” and looked at varios theories about where its true source was, and why it flooded its banks every year.

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6, Herodotus, As Rich As Croesus

Croesus ruled Lydia from 560 to 546 BC. He was famed for his wealth, and still is to this day. The wise Athenian, Solon, visited him. The story has a moral – do not boast of your fortune or the gods may take you down.

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3, Herodotus, the Kingdom of Lydia

In history, Gyges became king of Lydia by committing a crime – we hear this story and an alternative version in which he used a magic ring to make himself invisible – and we ask an important question.

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1, The Histories of Herodotus

Herodotus, the father of history, tells us a different version of the famous Trojan War, which he learned on his travels around Egypt and the Middle East.

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