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Fecha de nacimiento: 484 a.C.
Fecha de muerte: 425 a.C.

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Heródoto de Halicarnaso fue un historiador y geógrafo griego que vivió entre el 484 y el 425 a. C., tradicionalmente considerado como el padre de la Historia en el mundo occidental y fue el primero en componer un relato razonado y estructurado de las acciones humanas.[1]​

Dedicó parte de su vida a efectuar viajes para obtener la información y los materiales que le permitieron escribir una obra de gran valor histórico y literario.[1]​ No obstante, recibió severas críticas, incluso por parte de sus contemporáneos, por incluir en su trabajo anécdotas y digresiones que, aunque proporcionaban informaciones valiosas, poco tenían que ver con el objeto de estudio que se había propuesto: las luchas de los persas contra los griegos.[1]​

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Frases Heródoto

„It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day’s journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed.“

—  Herodotus
Book 8, Ch. 98 variant: Not snow, no, nor rain, nor heat, nor night keeps them from accomplishing their appointed courses with all speed. (Book 8, Ch. 98) Paraphrase: "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" ” Appears carved over entrance to Central Post Office building in New York City.

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„It is better to be envied than pitied.“

—  Herodotus
Book 3, Ch. 52 Variant: How much better a thing it is to be envied than to be pitied.

„Call no man happy till he dies.“

—  Herodotus
Herodotus actually attributes this to Solon in a conversation with King Crœsus. Variants: Deem no man happy, until he passes the end of his life without suffering grief Many very wealthy men are not happy, while many who have but a moderate living are fortunate; and in truth the very rich man who is not happy has two advantages only as compared with the poor man who is fortunate, whereas this latter has many as compared with the rich man who is not happy. The rich man is able better to fulfil his desire, and also to endure a great calamity if it fall upon him; whereas the other has advantage over him in these things which follow: — he is not indeed able equally with the rich man to endure a calamity or to fulfil his desire, but these his good fortune keeps away from him, while he is sound of limb, free from disease, untouched by suffering, the father of fair children and himself of comely form; and if in addition to this he shall end his life well, he is worthy to be called that which thou seekest, namely a happy man; but before he comes to his end it is well to hold back and not to call him yet happy but only fortunate. Now to possess all these things together is impossible for one who is mere man, just as no single land suffices to supply all things for itself, but one thing it has and another it lacks, and the land that has the greatest number of things is the best: so also in the case of a man, no single person is complete in himself, for one thing he has and another he lacks; but whosoever of men continues to the end in possession of the greatest number of these things and then has a gracious ending of his life, he is by me accounted worthy, O king, to receive this name. The History of Herodotus Book I, Chapter 32 http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/hh/hh1030.htm.

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„It was a kind of Cadmean victory.“

—  Herodotus
Book 1, Ch. 166, refering to a victory where both sides suffer extreme losses. Derived from the legends of Thebes, where the sons of Oedipus, and hence descendants of Cadmus, fought to the death.

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