A sensational blend of travel and history in the spirit of the man who invented it.
Herodotus is known as the Father of History, but he was much more than that. He was also the world s first travel writer, a pioneering geographer, anthropologist, explorer, moralist, tireless investigative reporter and enlightened multiculturalist before the word existed. He was at once learned professor and tabloid journalist, with an unfailing eye for fabulous material to inform and amuse, to titillate, horrify and entertain.
In his masterpiece the Histories, tall stories of dog-headed men, gold-digging ants and flying snakes jostle for space within a mesmerising narrative of the Persian Wars, from which Greece emerged triumphant in 5BC to give birth to Western civilisation.
Using the effervescent and profoundly modern Herodotus as his guiding light, Justin Marozzi takes the reader back to his world with eclectic travels to Greece, Turkey, Egypt and war-torn Iraq.
Inspired - Anna Kirk, Telegraph Review
Marozzi is a fine advocate for Herodotus - Sunday Herald
Marozzi is a seasoned traveller-historian who pursues his scholarly quarry with the tenacity of a beagle...a rattling good read and a superior work of reflective instruction - History Today
The most brilliant of the new generation of travelwriter-historians - Sunday Telegraph
Justin Marozzi is that most precious rarity: a serious traveller who is also a real writer, with a wonderful feel for language, a gift for narrative and an enviable sensitivity and lightness of touch. Brave, romantic, erudite and humane, South from Barbary is a genuinely remarkable debut - William Dalrymple
The perfect travel book ...observant, shrewd, patient and exceedingly well attuned ... It is a measure of Marozzi's skill that he handles the big themes of history and the small irritations of third-millennium camel travel with equal charm and felicity - Financial Times
Excellent...a superbly rounded and vivid portrait of one of history's most fascinating personalities - Andrew Roberts, Evening Standard
Captivating, a delightful and fortunate conjunction between the world of [Tamerlane] then and that world transformed today - Spectator