Herodotus the Tourist

  title={Herodotus the Tourist},
  author={James M. Redfield},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  pages={97 - 118}
  • J. Redfield
  • Published 1 April 1985
  • Philosophy
  • Classical Philology
H r ERODOTUS, as we know, is both Father of History and Father of Anthropology. Sir John Myres wrote: "so far as Herodotus presents us . .. with a science of anthropology . .. he is little, if at all, behind the best thought of our own day."' Even as of 1908 this seems extravagant. Herodotus lacks a principle which Tylor, in the generation before Myres, had already put at the head of cultural anthropology, namely, that every culture is a "complex whole"-or, as we would say, a system. Herodotus… 

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