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Editor says, what if the revolt in city of Halicarnassus had succeeded? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Personalities thread.
In 484 BC,on this day Herodotus was born in the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus.
Birth of HerodotusThe brutal execution of the poet Panyasis finally sparked a revolt that had been long brewing under a series of murderous rulers starting with Artemesia, the famous naval commander at the battle of Salamis. A man of modest literary ambition, Herodotus was so thoroughly enraged by this senseless murder of a fellow artist that he became an outspoken leader of the revolt.
After the overthrow of the despot Lygdamis, he settled into a middle-ranking position in the new Government. Evidently the occupation was far from fulfilling, because his personal account includes heartfelt regrets that his Halicarnassian loyalty prevented him from giving expression to his wander lust. Nevertheless, towards the end of his civic career, he wrote a charming account of the history of the city which was praised by his contemporaries for its sweetness and charm.
Editor says, in reality the revolt failed, he was forced into exile and began the travels that collected the only surviving accounts of historical events across the ancient Greek world. In authoring this post, we have repurposed content from Wikipedia. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.