Thucydides and Herodotus Compared
With the work of Herodotus there appeared one of the two main types of historical writing: the inclusive approach, with its wide rang of interest and detail. Herodotus tells himself, “My History has sought out digressions from the beginning.” The other kind of historical writing, narrowly focused and exclusive, was invented a few years later by his younger contemporary Thucydides. There are distinct differences in each work, and are clearly evident
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accomplishments of both Herodotus and Thucydides are considered notable works because they devised new ways of preserving history. With few similarities and expansive differences in many areas they are both unique. The Histories, a conglomeration of ideas from all across the classic world was written a few years before The History of the Peloponnesian War, a precise description of the war between the Greek city states, shows a definite clear unlikeness in technique and content.