Book VI starts off with a rather depressing litany of Persian victories over small peoples. I was worried that the whole book would be like that, but happily Herodotus moved on to a very interesting discussion of Spartan customs and history. He spent most of the book in Greece, various city-states, especially the wars between Aegina and Athens. The Battle of Marathon also takes place here, so that was neat.
|The plain at Marathon|
Three more to go! I hope I can do it by the end of the year.
I feel like I've been posting fun stuff that's not book pieces for days, and meanwhile I have a pile of books to post about. Things have been a bit busy in real life, I guess. But stay tuned as I try to write up all these books!