Who was more important: Herodotus or Thucydides? 

DiscussionWho was more important: Herodotus or Thucydides? 
Sam Rodan Staff asked 10 months ago

Father of History: Who wins the epithet?

ps4147 replied 8 months ago

I’d go for the latter as Herodotus – influential though he undoubtedly was – is to me more of a journalist, a chronicler who accepted what he was told and regurgitated it in what was essentially an unquestioning, non-partisan fashion.

By contrast Thucydides is diligent, engaged and methodical. Aware that the momentous and epoch-defining war which is raging all around him he puts quill to parchment and systematically records – and analyses in a way Herodotus does not – all that is happening in the war.

ps4147 replied 8 months ago

Ill try that last paragraph again!

By contrast Thucydides is diligent, engaged and methodical. Aware that the momentous and epoch-defining war which is raging all around him is likely to be remembered for a considerable time, he puts quill to parchment and systematically records – and analyses in a way Herodotus does not – all that is happening in the war.