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Herodotus  : 

" ... it was whilst at a frivolous, rote-learning girls' school that ... [Frances Power Cobbe] developed her determined, methodical aproach [to reading] ... She read all the Faerie Queene, all of Milton's poetry, the Divina Commedia and Gerusalemme Liberata in the originals, and in translation the Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid, Pharsalia, and ... [nearly all] of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripedes, Ovid, Tacitus, Xenophon, Herodotus and Thucydides."

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Frances Power Cobbe      Print: Book


Herodotus  : Herodoti Halicarnassei Historiarum Libri IX

H. J. Jackson discusses expansive annotations made in ink by Edward Gibbon in copy of Herodotus, including corrections as well as lively critical commentary.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Edward Gibbon      Print: Book


Herodotus  : 

Arthur Hallam to Alfred Tennyson from Forest House, Leyton, Essex, 4 October 1830: 'I am living here in a very pleasant place, an old country mansion, in the depths of the Forest [...] I have been studious too, partly after my fashion, and partly after my father [historian Henry Hallam]'s; i.e. I read six books of Herodotus with him, and I take occasional plunges into David Hartley, and Buhle's Philosophie Moderne for my own gratification.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Henry and Arthur Hallam     Print: Book


Herodotus  : Works

Copious MS notes; multiple dates of reading , incl. "Sept 15 1915 Wallington"; "July 3 1922 A glorious winter"; "Finished Herodotus, all of him, once again this day Sept. 10 1925. He is a cordial in old age, and an anodyne in poor health. But I shall now pass willingly enough to Thucydides with a fine, clear legible type. My old copy was bought 73 years ago, at Harrow! I am reading, side by side with my two Greek historians, the Annals and the Histories of Tacitus. Macaulay found in the three of them "something he could find in no one else"; and my experience is the same as his. G.O. Trevelyan"

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: George Otto Trevelyan      Print: Book


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