The Histories of Herodotus, completed in the second half of the 5th century BC, is generally regarded as the first work of history and the first great masterpiece of non-fiction writing. Few history books since can compare for sheer drama with Herodotus´s narrative of the Persian invasions of Greece. His accounts of the great battles of Marathon and Thermopylae, of Salamis and Plataea, retain to this day a matchless epic quality. More than this, though, The Histories is also the source of much of our knowledge of the ancient world. Herodotus was an endlessly curious man, and gathered information about the world around him from as many people and places as he could investigate. History was only the beginning of his interests. Whether it was the pyramids of Egypt, the cannabis habit of the Scythians, the flora and fauna of Arabia or the table dancing of the Athenian aristocracy, he was fascinated by them all. To this day, phrases derived from The Histories - from ´rich as Croesus´ to ´tall poppy syndrome´ - are part of the mental furniture even of those who haven´t read him. Sometimes he is sceptical, and sometimes credulous, but his love of recounting what he has learned never ceases. Above all, as Tom Holland says in his introduction, ´´Herodotus is the most entertaining of historians. Indeed he is as entertaining as anyone who has ever written - historian or not.´´ This absorbing new translation, by one of Britain´s most admired young historians, allows all the drama and mysteriousness of this great book to be fully appreciated by modern readers. The sources of our information about the world are now more in flux than they have been for generations: there could be few better moments to read and reflect upon the book which first sought to organise knowledge. TOM HOLLAND is the author of Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic , which won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Persian Fire , his history of the Graeco-Persian wars, won the Anglo-Hellenic League´s Runciman Award in 2006. His most recent book, In the Shadow of the Sword , describes the collapse of Roman and Persian power in the Near East, and the emergence of Islam. He has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for the BBC, and is the presenter of BBC Radio 4´s Making History . In 2007, he was the winner of the Classical Association Prize awarded to ´the individual who has done most to promote the study of the language, literature and civilisation of Ancient Greece and Rome´. He served two years as the Chair of the Society of Authors 2009-11, and is currently on the committee of the Classical Association. PAUL CARTLEDGE is the inaugural A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge and President of the Fellowship, Clare College. His numerous books include Sparta and Lakonia: A Regional History 1300-362 BC ; The Greeks: A Portrait of Self and Others ; The Cambridge Illustrated History of Ancient Greece (winner of the John D. Criticos Prize); Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed the World ; Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice ; and Ancient Greece. A Very Short Introduction . He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, holds the Gold Cross of the Order of Honour (conferred by the President of the Hellenic Republic) and is an Honorary Citizen of Sparti, Greece.
A compelling portrait of the time when freedom of speech and the need to throw off censorship came to the fore, told through its great trials, from Lady Chatterley´s Lover to Howard Marks. Born in 1915 into the fringes of the Bloomsbury Group, Jeremy Hutchinson went on to become the greatest criminal barrister of the 1960s, ´70s and ´80s. The cases of that period changed society forever, and Hutchinson´s role in them was second to none. In Case Histories Thomas Grant examines Jeremy Hutchinson´s most remarkable trials, each one providing a fascinating look into Britain´s postwar social, political, and cultural history. Accessibly and entertainingly written, Case Histories provides a definitive account of Jeremy Hutchinson´s life and work. From the sex and spying scandals which contributed to Harold Macmillan´s resignation in 1963 and the subsequent fall of the Conservative government to the fight against literary censorship through his defence of Lady Chatterley´s Lover and Fanny Hill, Hutchinson was involved in many of the great trials of the period. He defended George Blake, Christine Keeler, Great Train robber Charlie Wilson, Kempton Bunton (the only man successfully to steal a picture from the National Gallery), art faker Tom Keating, and Howard Marks, who, in a sensational defence, was acquitted of charges relating to the largest importation of cannabis in British history. He also prevented the suppression of Bernardo Bertolucci´s notorious film Last Tango in Paris and did battle with Mary Whitehouse when she prosecuted the director of the play Romans in Britain. Above all else Jeremy Hutchinson´s career, both at the bar and later as a member of the House of Lords, has been one devoted to the preservation of individual liberty and to resisting the incursions of an overbearing state. Case Histories provides entertaining, vivid, and revealing insights into what wa 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Timson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/000811/bk_hodd_000811_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Aus dem Inhalt der Nummer 1 . Cannabis und Medizin: der aktuelle Stand von Mathias Bröckers . Moderne Cannabiskonzentrate und die Dabbing-Kultur (Stefan Trebes) . Freie Sicht auf Visionen: Künstler und Drogen von Claudia Müller-Ebeling . Interview mit Ralph Metzner . Lucy´s Historie: Auszüge aus ECBS-Jahrbücher (Christian Rätsch/Michael Schlichting) . 30 Jahre Nachtschatten Verlag: Das Unmögliche wird möglich (Hans Cousto) . Interview und Cartoon von und mit Steve Stoned . Heimische Ethnobotanik: Psilos in deutschsprachigen Raum (Markus Berger)