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Herodotus was the first Greek historian known as the Father of History He was born in the year 484 BC in Halicarnassus Asia Minor During his youth he traveled Greece the Middle East and North Africa During his travels he studied the manners customs and religions of the people and learned as much as he could of their history The things he learned from the trip formed the materials of his greatest work which is called History After his travels he visited Athens and then three years later he settled in a colony called Thurii southern Italy It was there that he spent the rest of his life completing his great work History which in Greek means inquiry His writings made him the first person to evaluate historical geographical and archaeological material critically In his writings he wrote an account for the Persian wars which included fables superstitions popular opinions and verifiable facts They would be later divided into nine parts by later authors The earlier books deal with customs traditions legends and history of the ancient worlds while the last three books the armed conflicts between Greece and Persia in the early 5th century BC He died in the year 428 BC Herodotuss beliefs were that that the universe is ruled by fate and chance and nothing is stable in human affairs Moral choice is still important because the gods punish the arrogant his attempts to draw moral lessons from the study of great events formed the basis of the Greek and Roman historiographical tradition He in many ways affected our present day world mainly by his contributions of his writings His writings although sometimes inaccurate have formed a foundation that some of the writers of today follow His writings however were somewhat biased and came from his perspective therefore we also learn to write without bias Also in his writings we learn about the events that happened in the ancient world I believe
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