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"And Herodotus falls pretty much under the same censure, when he speaks of beautiful women as “tortures to the eye,” though here there is some excuse, as the speakers in this passage are drunken barbarians. Still, even from dramatic motives, such errors in taste should not be permitted to deface the pages of an immortal work." --On the Sublime

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Herodotus of Halicarnassus (Greek: Hērodotos Halikarnāsseus) was a Greek historian from Ionia who lived in the 5th century BCE (ca. 484 BCE–ca. 425 BCE) and is regarded as the "Father of History". He is almost exclusively known for writing The Histories, a record of his 'inquiries', (a word that passed into Latin and took on its modern connotation of 'history'). He reported many long digressions concerning the various places and peoples he encountered during wide-ranging travels around the lands of the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

He was ridiculed in Apologie pour Herodote.

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