Thomas Babington Macaulay (essay date 1828)
SOURCE: "History and Literature: Thomas Babington Macaulay," in The Varieties of History: From Voltaire to the Present, revised edition, edited by Fritz Stern, Macmillan and Co., 1970, pp. 71-89.
[Macaulay was a respected English writer and statesman whose best-known work is The History of England (1848-61), covering the reigns of James II and William III. In the following excerpt from his essay "History, " first published in the Edinburgh Review in 1828, he comments on Herodotus and Thucydides in the context of separating truth from fiction in historical writing.]
To write history respectably—that is, to abbreviate despatches, and make extracts...
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