Herodotus, the father of history, tells us a different version of the famous Trojan War, which he learned on his travels around Egypt and the Middle East.
The ancient Pyramids of Egypt were built 4,500 years ago. The ancient Greek Herodotus tells us how they were built – and mentions some projects that he thinks are even more amazing.
Egyptian Pharaoh Amasis made friends with powerful Greeks of his time. We include a famous story about the Greek ruler, Polycrates of Samos, and his golden ring.
Herodotus often wrote about the Egyptian gods under Greek names. He thought the Egyptian gods were more or less the same as the Greek ones. Was he right?
Herodotus visited Egypt and devoted the Second Book of his Histories to its wonders. He called Egypt the “Gift of the Nile” and looked at varios theories about where its true source was, and why it flooded its banks every year.
Ancient people thought that the Sun and the Moon were gods – didn’t they? Or were there some people alive two and half thousand years ago who were more scientific?
King Alyattes of Lydia is at war with the Greek city of Miletus. His soldiers accidentally burn down a temple of Athena. Alyattes falls ill. Coincidence? Or the curse of the Greek Goddess?
In history, Gyges became king of Lydia by committing a crime – we hear this story and an alternative version in which he used a magic ring to make himself invisible – and we ask an important question.
The remarkable story of a dolphin saving a man – but is it true?
Zoroastrianism is the ancient religion of the Persians and it is still practiced to this day. It has influenced many of our own beliefs, even if we don’t realise it ! We continue our retelling of the histories of Herodotus from Ancient Greece.