There seems to be a trend, in the past decades or so, to regroup several previously distinct fields of study. Historians make use of sociological works, archaeologists make abundant use of ethnographic accounts, etc. Perhaps we have come to realize that the element by itself means little to nothing if it does not take into account the context in which it exists…

This is why Herodotus is central to us today, because he naturally combined things that we would consider separate today, but which were to him one and the same thing. In this sense he deserves more than being recognised as the father of history: he is the father of ethnology and geography as well.

From Aeneas’ Quest.

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