Herodotus wrote the first history book in the world. That is why he is sometimes called the ‘Father of History’. He lived about 2,500 years ago in the fifth century BC. He was born at a place called Halicarnassus in Asia Minor. The modern names for these places are Bodrum in Turkey. Herodotus was a keen traveller who went all over the ancient world and was interested in everything he saw and heard.
Lorna Oakes was a lecturer in Egyptology at Birkbeck College. As a Specialist Assistant in the Education Service of the British Museum, Lorna has also delivered numerous lectures on ancient Egypt and the Near East in the museum’s public gallery talks programme. For almost thirty years she has led small group study tours to Egypt, Syria, China and Tibet.