Two readings have been provided and the essay is to come from one of them.
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Students Name: Bilha Mukuha
Professors Name: John R Krenzke
Date: 28 Jan 2017
The Battle of Thermopylae from Herodotus
Herodotus and His Significance
As detailed in the provided primary source, Herodotus is related to the invasion of the Greek mainland by the Persian king Xerxes in 480 B.C. Herodotus was, therefore, a Greek historian born in Halicarnassus within the Persian Empire and a contemporary of Socrates. Herodotus was referred to as one of the Fathers of History who was known to have broken the Homeric traditions. As a discipline, it is essential to consider that the significance of Herodotus begins with this figure in establishing the first known systematic investigations over the past conflicts that resulted between the Barbarians and the Greeks. Herodotus engages in the publishing of results in his inquiries with the hope to preserve the memories of the past as an historian, by putting them on record on the astonishing achievements of the Greeks and their counterparts. This clearly details the manner in which different races came into conflict. However, it is notably important to consider that his works were undeniably incorrect and biased, an aspect attributed to the fact that his works were based on hearsays and tales that were heard, hence radicalizing myths which have no base in history.
Xerxes as Superstitious and Tyrannical Figure