484 BC - 425 BC


Herodotus (; Ancient Greek: Ἡρόδοτος, Hēródotos, Attic Greek pronunciation: [hɛː.ró.do.tos]; c. 484 – c. 425 BC) was an ancient Greek historian who was born in Halicarnassus in the Persian Empire (modern-day Bodrum, Turkey). He is known for having written the book The Histories (Greek: Ἱστορίαι Historíai), a detailed record of his "inquiry" (ἱστορία historía) on the origins of the Greco-Persian Wars. He is widely considered to have been the first writer to have treated historical subjects using a method of systematic investigation—specifically, by collecting his materials and then critically arranging them into an historiographic narrative. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Herodotus has received more than 3,462,032 page views. His biography is available in 124 different languages on Wikipedia making him the most popular historian.

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Among historians, Herodotus ranks 1 out of 292After him are Ibn Khaldun, Thucydides, Tacitus, Livy, Xenophon, Sima Qian, Josephus, Polybius, Suetonius, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Diodorus Siculus.

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Among people born in 484 BC, Herodotus ranks 1 Among people deceased in 425 BC, Herodotus ranks 1After him are Zeno of Elea and Achilles Painter.

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In Turkey

Among people born in Turkey, Herodotus ranks 3 out of 901Before him are Homer (-800) and Paul the Apostle (5). After him are Suleiman the Magnificent (1494), Heraclitus (-535), Selim II (1524), Thales of Miletus (-623), Selim I (1470), Mehmed the Conqueror (1432), Saint Nicholas (270), Ahmed I (1590), and Murad IV (1612).

Among HISTORIANS In Turkey

Among historians born in Turkey, Herodotus ranks 1After him are Cassius Dio (155), Hecataeus of Miletus (-550), Arrian (89), Niketas Choniates (1155), Socrates of Constantinople (380), Ali ibn al-Athir (1160), Libanius (314), Ephorus (-400), Theophylact Simocatta (580), Eutropius (320), and George Kedrenos (1100).

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