Cyrus the Great

Makers of History

Author: Jacob Abbott
Published: 1878
Language: English
Wordcount: 57,881 / 173 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 45.8
LoC Category: DS
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Added to site: 2009.12.19
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Genre: History
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the Mediterranean Sea, and thence went still farther eastward to Assyria and Babylon. It was here that he obtained the materials for what he has written in respect to the Medes and Persians, and to the history of Cyrus. After spending some time in these countries, he went on by land still further to the eastward, into the heart of Asia. The country of Scythia was considered as at "the end of the earth" in this direction. Herodotus penetrated for some distance into the almost trackless wilds of this remote land, until he found that he had gone as far from the great center of light and power on the shores of the Ægean Sea as he could expect the curiosity of his countrymen to follow him. He passed thence round toward the north, and came down through the countries north of the Danube into Greece, by way of the Epirus and Macedon. To make such a journey as this was, in fact, in those days, almost to explore the whole known world.

It ought, however, here to be stated, that many modern scholars, who ha

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2011.10.30
curtis walters
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Written in the style Abbott is known for. Written from the works of Herodotus and Xenophon. Herodotus is considered the first historian an Xenophon was a general that proved capable in campaigns. Both have their own views of Cyrus and mostly embellished stories. Abbott tries to settle some of the issues of both but leaves the reader to make their own conculusion. Cyrus took over his grandfathers dominion. Grew larger than life in his time and conquered the Babylonians as well the known world at the time. Abbott even gives the account of Cyrus from the bibical account as well. Quite interesting read. Not the whole story but for the one looking for the general outline of his life this book covers his thoughts, ways, attitude and abilities of Cyrus. Comprehensive text in some ways but not exhaustive. Excellent read and should be read by any student of history.


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