The so-called father of History, Herodotus originated — like the later ‘father of geography’, Strabo — from the west coast of Anatolia (today’s Turkey). He left us a set of Histories in Ionian Greek, written some time in the second half of the 5th century BCE (c. 450–420). These, besides dealing with political-military events such as the Greco-Persian Wars, seek to investigate aspects of the geography, customs and culture of the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean worlds. His description of ‘Europe’ is relatively neutral, and the category does not seem to be of essential importance, although Herodotus did draw boundaries between the cultures of the North and those of the South.
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