Dear Unnamed Person Whose AS-Level Ancient History Textbook I Am Proofreading:
AS level history is simplistic by the standards of someone who has an MA in the subject. I get it. I'm biting my tongue through your oversimplifications even when I think they're patently wrong as well as merely simplistic, because it is nto my job to fact-check for you and besides, I don't know the curriculum you're working to. But there's a limit.
HERODOTUS IS NOT A RELIABLE SOURCE.
You're skimming over the bullshitting, the numerical exaggerations, the fact that his 'sources' were probably mostly people he met in pubs, the unacknowledged Hellenocentric biases, the whole reason he's called the Father of Lies.
Herodotus. Is. Not. Reliable.
You ESPECIALLY do not get to say this and then dedicate three pages to dissecting Thucydides' reliability. He's not perfect, Christ no, but if you can analyse him in detail then you can analyse Herodotus too.
ETA: And he's even less reliable if you distort what he's saying for no apparent purpose!
WHAT THE HELL
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