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Why is Herodotus called “The Father of History”?

Education Written on 2017.12.14 19:56

[TED-Ed] 2,500 years ago, the writing of history as we know it didn’t exist. The past was recorded as a list of events, with little explanation for their causes beyond accepting things as the will of the gods. Herodotus wanted a deeper understanding, so he took a new approach: looking at events from both sides to understand the reasons for them. Mark Robinson explains how “history” came into being. - Lesson by Mark Robinson, directed by Remus and Kiki

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