Herodotus. But if we are to believe A ulus Gellius, he was born in 484 B.C. ;and the internal evidence of his History proves that he was alive during some part of the Peloponnesian war, as he alludes to incidents which occurred in its earlier years. He may therefore be safely said to have been a contemporary of the two great wars which respectively founded and ended the brief and brilliant pre-eminence of A thens in Hellas. He belongs in the fullest sense to the great period of Greek history. Herodotus was (it is agreed on all hands) a native of Halicarnassus in Caria ;and if his birth fell in 484, he was born a subject of the Great King. His early life was spent, apparently, in his native town, or possibly in the island of Samos, of which he shows an intimate knowledge. (Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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