Reminder – we have our call coming up this Sunday for Herodotus Books
4 & 5.
Sunday, April 2
8:00pm – 9:30pm NYT (5pm PT, 7pm CT)
1 800 615 2900
Herodotus Discussion Questions – Books IV & V
1. As invaders, the Persians are considered a formidable foe. In
Book IV, how does Darius carry out the declaration of war against the
Scythians? What is Darius really after? How do the Scythians and
their neighbors prepare for the Persian invasion? What might
Herodotus be foreshadowing with respect to the eventual Persian
invasion of Greece?
2. Given that Ionians were willingly helping Darius in his invasion
of Scythia in Book IV, what are the conditions that lead to their
revolt in Book V?
3. What does Herodotus reveal about the state of Greek city-state
politics in Book V, especially between Sparta and Athens? How might
this foreshadow political relations in the larger Persian-Greek
clashes of Books VII, VIII & IX?
4. What are your favorite stories or passages from Books IV & V?