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Di Scala's Herodotus “The Histories” translated into Persian


09 July 2008



LONDON, (CAIS) -- Iranian scholar Mohammad Baqaii has recently completed the Persian translation of Herodotus's The Persian Wars, which has been authored by the U.S. scholar Spencer Di Scala.

Professor Spencer Di Scala, who is a lecturer in history at the University of Massachusetts Boston, has spent 12 years writing the book, which censures Herodotus’ “The Histories”. The Persian version of the book will be released next week.

“The Histories” is a record of Herodotus’ inquiries into the origins of the Greco-Persian Wars that occurred in 490 and 480-479 BCE.

“Since a major part of the book is dedicated to the Greco-Persian Wars, it has constantly been criticised by Iranian historians and scholars over time,” Baqaii told the Mehr News Agency on Wednesday.

“Prominent figures like Moshir uldoleh Pirnia, Ahmad Kasravi, and Hassan Taqizadeh have also authored criticisms of it and have rejected Herodotus’ views in the book,” he added.

“In his book, Di Scala confirms the views of the above-mentioned Iranian scholars by providing new evidence and reasoning, and also argues that all Herodotus’ remarks on Darius the Great and Xerxes I are blatant lies and completely tendentious,” Baqaii explained. 

“According to Di Scala, Herodotus should not be considered as ‘father of history’, but he should be regarded as the father of liars,” he noted.

The Persian transilation of “The Persian Wars by Herodotus”, which consists of 9 chapters, has been printed by the Yadavaran Publishing Company.





Extracted From/Source: Mehr News [*]




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