Herodotus 1

1. Herodotus Book 1 Commentary 2nd ed. (17 mb, .pdf — rev. July 2013)

This link contains a free pdf copy of Herodotus Book I: Greek Text with Facing Vocabulary and Commentary, 2nd ed. available for $14.95 on Amazon.com.

2. Student Translation Sheets for Herodotus Book 1: (6.2 mb, .pdf)

This file contains translation pages (11 x 8.5 inches) with the Greek text on the top of the page and lined space below for writing out the translation. The Greek text, page numbers, and headings on the translation sheets correspond exactly to those in the commentary itself so that readers can easy match the commentary page with the text on the translation sheet.

3. Herodotus I Running Core Vocab  Flashcards (.ppt):  (1.2 mb, .zip, .ppt, rev. July 2013) outside link

This .zip file contains six PowerPoint presentations that in turn contain all six pages of the running core vocabulary as digital flashcards (one slide Greek, the next slide Greek and English definition).  The Greek is a unicode font and should be readable on most computers.

4.  Herodotus I Running Core Vocab Flashcards (.jpg):  (13.5 MB, .zip, .jpg, rev. July 2013) outside link

This .zip file contains six folders of paired .jpg flashcards that correspond to the PowerPoint presentations above. These paired .jpg flashcards may be reviewed sequentially on a tablet, smartphone, or similar device. Once you have mastered the flashcard, simply delete it, and focus your attention on the remaining .jpg flashcards.


5 thoughts on “Herodotus 1

    • geoffreysteadman says:

      Unfortunately, I have nothing on Book 2 at this time. It would be a fabulous text to put in this format.

      When I put together the commentary for Book 1 (and the draft of Book 7) I had a very difficult time balancing the amount of Greek text with the amount of notes and vocabulary. I do not think that I ever got it right, and I eventually gave up on Herodotus out of frustration.

      Your email is giving me reason to revisit the text, however. Although I do not have anything at this time, I promise to take the suggestion seriously as I plan future projects.

  1. Joseph says:

    I would also add that I would be immensely interested in a similar text for Herodotus 2. As a Classics undergraduate, a running list of most frequently used vocabulary has increased the efficiency at which I can begin to make reasonable translations, because my time is used engaging with the text and not flipping through a dictionary (even if it’s an online database).

    Thank you for your work, Professor, and I hope to see more in the future.

    Also, if you’re interested, you may consider setting up a Patreon account (https://www.patreon.com/) if you sense that opprotunity is appropriate.


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