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are in nine books.
Herodotus played host to the Muses;
And for his hospitality,
Each Muse gave to him one book.
Ἡρόδοτος Μούσας ὑπεδέξατο: τῷ δ᾽ ἄρ᾽ ἑκάστη
ἀντὶ φιλοξενίης βίβλον ἔδωκε μίαν.
Head of Herodotus. Roman copy (2nd cent. CE) after a Greek bronze original of the first half of the 4th cent. BCE. Found at Benha (ancient Athribis) in Lower Egypt; now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo credit: Dorieo/Wikimedia Commons.