The “Father of History” was born on the Southern coast of Turkey

Southern Turkish Coast

Herodatus of Halicarnassus (Bodrum) was born on the Southern coast of Turkey in 484 BC and wrote ‘The Histories’ , definitely one of the most entertaining books ever written and the first great work written in Greek prose.

He was a real explorer of the past and his intense curiosity, superb note-taking ability and flair for telling a good story made him a magnificent writer. He also wrote the first ever book on geography and topography.

The site of the famous Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (one of the Seven Wonders of the World) is in Bodrum along with its fortifications, including the Myndus Gate, which initially defeated Alexander the Great, and the great crusader castle of Saint Peter (built in the reign of King Henry IV of England in the early part of the 15th Cent) and now a fine museum of marine archaeology. The Greek Theatre is also in Bodrum.