A Commentary on Herodotus

How, W.W. and J. Wells. A Commentary on Herodotus. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1912.


“The life of Herodotus in tradition. The main source of our information as to H.,
apart from his works, is the notice in Suidas¹ (s.v.): “H., the son of Lyxes and Dryo,
a man of Halicarnassus, was born of parents in good position, and had a brother,
Theodorus; he migrated and took up his abode in Samos, because of Lygdamis,
who was tyrant of Halicarnassus next but one after Artemisia; for Pisendelis was
the son of Artemisia, and Lygdamis of Pisendelis. At Samos then he both became
familiar with the Ionic dialect and wrote a history in nine books, beginning with
Cyrus the Persian and Candaules king of the Lydians. He returned to
Halicarnassus and expelled the tyrant, but when later he saw himself disliked by
his countrymen, he went as a volunteer to Thurium, when it was being colonized
by the Athenians. There he died and lies buried in the market‐place. But some say
that he died at Pella. His books bear the title of the Muses.”


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