Financial analysis can assist with these decisions by focusing on the key indicators in a business that will drive its future performance. Herodotus and the persian wars utah state university. Among the most influential ancient greek figures is the father of history, herodotus of halicarnassus, who chronicled the history of the persian wars. It is in part a gripping and much revered tale of colossal confrontation between freedomloving greekspeaking peoples the athenians, spartans, and others and the seemingly unstoppable forces of the persians. Herodotus goes on many digressions about egypt, talks about. History historie, inquiry in its broadest context here includes anthropology, natural history and virtually any piece of antiquarian information that appealed to. Herodotus account of egyptian history and customs, contained in book ii of his long narrative history of the persian wars, is a classic example of the father of history at work. Herodotus was a greek writer and geographer credited with being the first historian. Reference books about accounting, while valuable for their insights, are seldom this enjoyable to read. An analysis of herodotus, by the author of analysis of aristotles ethics and rhetoric. Book one has three key elements i will discuss in this analysis.
The most subtle feature of the histories, perhaps, is the profound sense of balance that pervades all aspects of the cosmos. Elizabeth eltze herodotus histories, book 2, section 86 amphora. To read the history herodotus only book is to seek ones roots as a member of western democratic civilization. Unfortunately, not enough of hecataeus work has survived for us to judge just how dependent upon it herodotus. In book 2 of his histories herodotus presents a thorough account of his. Immediately download the herodotus summary, chapterbychapter analysis, book notes, essays, quotes, character descriptions, lesson plans, and more everything you need for studying or teaching herodotus.
Why does herodotus go on so many digressions about babylon, egypt, and other places in the ancient near east before beginning his account of the. Herodotus, politics and athenian democracy brad martin, xavier university as is widely accepted by scholars, much of the western philosophies have roots in ancient greece. With the study guides and notes written by fellow students, you are guaranteed to be properly prepared for your exams. The gravity of hecataeus statement about the state of greek history in his. Herodotus himself mentions the work of hecataeus of miletus, who wrote two books of historical geography and was a major source in herodotus writings on egypt. Aspects of historical causation in herodotus jstor.
The history of herodotus book i the first book of the histories, called clio this is the showing forth of the inquiry of herodotus of halicarnassos, to the end that1 neither the deeds of men may be forgotten by lapse of time, nor the works 2 great and marvellous, which have been produced some by hellenes and some by barbarians, may. Supersummary, a modern alternative to sparknotes and cliffsnotes, offers highquality study guides for challenging works of literature. Herodotus has 267 books on goodreads with 122786 ratings. Some report besides, that the pythoness delivered to him the entire. Cassandane had died in the lifetime of cyrus, who had made a great mourning for her at her death, and had commanded all the subjects of his empire to observe the like. An account of egypt, by herodotus project gutenberg. This 147page guide for histories by herodotus includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 9 chapters, as well as several more indepth sections of expertwritten literary analysis. Understanding a financial statement audit may 2017. Herodotus would have made his researches known to the larger world through oral recitations to a public crowd. In conversation with croesus, herodotus solon makes two important points about. After a short digression on thracian customs, herodotus tells us about megabazus conquest of thrace and the ensuing submission of eastern macedonia. Herodotus covers the empires geography, social structure, and history before describing the events which led to xerxes invasion of greece and the greek citystates uniting to defeat his army. At the beginning of the histories, herodotus sets out his reasons for writing it. His primary aim was to record the deeds of the greeks during their wars with persia, but he also wanted to provide an account of his researches and travels.
Herodotus was an ancient greek historian who was born in halicarnassus in the persian empire modernday bodrum, turkey. John marincola writes in his introduction to the penguin edition of the histories that there are certain identifiable pieces in the early books of herodotus s work which could be labeled as performance pieces. The project gutenberg ebook of the history of herodotus, by herodotus this ebook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. Herodotus claims to have traveled extensively around the ancient world, conducting interviews and collecting stories for his book, almost all of which covers territories of the persian empire. It does so by describing how to extract meaningful information from financial statements. Cambyses, by the advice of a certain egyptian, who was angry with amasis for. Herodotus leaves the most complete record of the persian wars, including an account of how the athenians and persians first came into conflict during the ionian revolt of 499494 bce. A financial analysis of a companys financial statements along with the footnotes in the annual report is essential for any serious investor wanting to understand and value a company properly.
These are the researches of herodotus of halicarnassus, which he publishes, in the. Brazil, for the financial support during the research period for this work. The famous first sentence of the work reads i, herodotus. By following the steps below youll be able to connect the three statements on your own. Volunteers and financial support to provide volunteers with the assistance they. The real smerdis has been executed on cambyses orders 61. Thalia the abovementioned amasis was the egyptian king against whom cambyses, son of cyrus, made his expedition. The limitation of the analysis to the last five books of the histories is imposed by the nature of. The magi seize the throne of the persian empire at susa by passing off one of their number as smerdis, the brother of cambyses.
Three financial statements the three financial statements are the income statement, the balance sheet, and the statement of cash flows. Financial statement analysis definition investopedia. Here the attribution of equal knowledge to all men refers to the impossibility of human knowledge about the divine and is paralleled by cautionary statements we find elsewhere in the histories when herodotus speculates about divine intervention e. Introduction to financial statement analysis 1 explain the purpose of financial statement analysis.
Chapter 3 14 th ed analysis of financial statements. A liquidity ratio is a ratio that shows the relationship of a firms cash and other current assets to its current liabilities. Herodotus wrote and compiled a history of the wars of the grecians and persians of the fifth century b. In these matters i have the authority of the priestesses of dodona for the former portion of my statements. In the preface to his histories herodotus uses the famous phrase. Herodotus on the egyptians ancient history encyclopedia. The egyptians in agreement with their climate, which is unlike any other, and with the river, which shows a nature different from all other rivers, established for themselves manners and customs in a way opposite to other men in almost all matters. Herodotus gives us his reason in beginning his research with the abduction of io and europa as being that these events explain the divide between persia and greece. Psammetichus iii pyramid reason reign rhampsinitus saite salmon samos scheme scythians sesostris seventh century sourdille spartan statement suggests tale temple thales thebes. Herodotus occasionally mentions consulting written sources, but he does so mainly to distance himself, his method, and information from other authors, notably homer and the poets. However, herodotus states that he is merely reporting what he has seen and been told, on several occasions saying that. At ecbatana in syria, cambyses hears a proclamation in the name of king smerdis. His plan to conquer egypt gives herodotus the opportunity to dedicate three logoi to the ancient kingdom on the boards of the nile. Herodotus s history is an account of the grecopersian wars 499479 bce and the story of the growth and organization of the persian empire.
I plan on finishing this series with posts centered around other historians analysis of herodotus so as to reach an informed conclusion. The current ratio is found by dividing current assets by current liabilities. Historical context for the histories by herodotus the. His plan to conquer egypt gives herodotus the opportunity to dedicate three logoi to the ancient kingdom on the. As herodotus introduces his long digression on egypt with a reference to the conquest of the greeks c.
Here are presented the results of the enquiry carried out by herodotus of halicarnassus. A practitioners guide is a wellorganized, thorough exploration of the challenges facing practitioners who rely on financial statements to make investment and lending decisions. Explicitly, the histories deal with the persian wars, the greeks double defeat of. He is known for having written the book the histories greek. The history of herodotus by herodotus, part of the internet classics archive. Cambyses becomes king of the persian empire 530522 bc. These three core statements are intricately linked to each other and this guide will explain how they all fit together. The internet classics archive the history of herodotus.904 477 200 50 760 131 244 1295 956 1276 745 1514 1312 1046 1432 974 1053 1341 1173 213 135 961 1501 1472 1080 1180 14 178 663 384 1069 287 298 999 1495 791