Reading Herodotus: A Guided Tour through the Wild Boars, Dancing Suitors, and Crazy Tyrants of The History<
If you have any interest or curiosity about Herodotus, the “Father of History”, Debra Hamel has helpfully focused on the “Good parts” (and yes, she does reference the Princess Bride in that). Hamel provides context, analysis and thought to the parts of Herodotus’ History that she chooses to share with the reader. From crazy Kings to strange Oracles, this is one of the best ways for readers new to Herodotus, and those unwilling to read the whole bloody thing again (raises hand) to get a feel for what he was up to, and what riches there are to be found.
Highly recommended.