Anastasia Bakogianni joins Professor Chris Carey at UCL’s Department of Greek and Latin to talk about his forthcoming commentary on Herodotus’ Book 7. A highpoint in Herodotus’ Histories, the subject of this book is the inexorable march of the Persian forces against Greece, which culminates in the famous battle at Thermopylae. Chris’ commentary will join those of a number of other eminent scholars currently working on Herodotus’ Histories for Cambridge University Press’ Green and Yellow series.

Chris describes Herodotus’ account of the battle as a ‘riveting story of courage and treachery’. He talks about the recent resurgence of interest in Herodotus’ Histories and how new scholarship is uncovering hidden depths in the work of this less well-explored ancient author. For Chris, Herodotus’ Histories is the book he would choose as his Desert Island pick, simply because every time he returns to it, he discovers something new in Herodotus’ account of the Persian Wars.

Follow this link to watch our interview, and to learn more about Chris’ personal journey in the footsteps of Xerxes and how it deepened his appreciation of Herodotus’ abilities as the narrator of a famous story. Join us to discover more!


His journey tracing part of Xerxes’ route and its impact on his work on the commentary was also the subject of Chris’ lecture delivered at the AGM of the Hellenic Society in 2014. To find out more follow this link: