Books interview: Herodotus’s ‘The Histories’

Tom Holland has spent almost nine years producing a new translation of Herodotus's The Histories, widely credited as the founding work of non-fiction in the western world. Here, he talks to Matt Elton about its importance, and the insights it can offer us into the classical age

Bust of Herodotus. "Herodotus gives us access to someone's speech, their opinion, 2,500 years ago," says Tom Holland. (Leemage/Corbis via Getty Images)

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