Listen: Herodotus Books 4, 5 Reader Call

We had a great call this evening about Herodotus Books 4 and 5. Scythia and its mysteries and might and the Persian incursion (and ultimate withdrawal in defeat) became the primary topic for the first hour. We put the conflict in Scythia in context with the overall narrative of the Persian-Greek conflict. Later in the call, we covered the restiveness of the Ionians, the birth of democracy in Athens and its utterly transformative effect in theregion. We finished with a lively discussion about how Herodotus treats women. Please give a listen.


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