How is Herodotus applying a rational framework to the various stories he has heard?
Herodotus applies a rational framework to the stories he has heard by using etymological evidence.In the beginning,Herodotus talks about how he thinks Greek Gods came from Egypt. He uses an example of etymological evidence by saying “the names of the gods are foreign and almost certainly from Egypt because the Egyptians have had gods with same names every since their country began”. Etymological evidence is evidence that is related to the origin. Herodotus used etymological evidence to try to prove that Greek gods came from Egypt.
2. In his opening paragraph Herodotus claims he is writing history to preserve the “great deeds/wonders” displayed by ” both the Hellenes and the barbarians”. Does his analysis primarily display Greek cultural curiosity or cultural chauvinism?