On Thursday we had class as usual. Class started from 8:10 and ended at 9:30. During the first part of class we had our quiz. After our quiz we made the classroom into a circle. I like having class that way because I feel like everyone is equally included. When we sit how we usually sit it kind of gets easy to get distracted. When we sit in a circle everyone is seen and has to pay more attention. I remember us talking about why we thought these women in Herodotus were so significant. I remember saying that they were so significant because they were doing stuff that women usually never would do. We spoke about how during this time women were supposed to be submissive. We spoke about how even today most of the women that we hear about are known for doing something out of the norm. When something is being done that you probably never would see anyone do before they usually become well known. Even when Herodotus spoke about the women in Egypt. He spoke about them because they were doing things different than what he was used to. When things are out of the norm that’s when you hear about them. Also on Thursday I went to the extra credit. That was from 5:15 to 6:45. Something that I found really interesting about this lecture was when she was talking about how a lot of times when they take artwork they have a hard time returning it back to it’s original state. On Friday I began to read book 9. I didn’t want to go out, so I decided to relax and read. I read from 11:00 at night to about midnight. During this reading I read about Mardonius. I read about how he went back to Athens. I read about how the Thebans tried to get Mardonius to divide Hellespont by using bribery. Mardonius was smart and didn’t listen. I also read about how they stoned Lycidas to death. I also read about how the women stoned his wife and children to death. This was crazy to me. I felt as if his family didn’t have anything to do with his transgressions. Why did they have to pay? This was another example of women coming up in the book, but as doing something that you wouldn’t usually see or think of a women doing. Many times we think of women as the loving and nurturing type. When we hear about women stoning children to death it’s out of the norm. We also spoke about this in class on Thursday. We spoke about how many times when women are acting anything other than submissive, they usually are acting in a loving and nurturing form. When you hear about women getting revenge and doing things in this light they are often seen poorly. If it were a man doing this it wouldn’t have been as much of a surprise, and it might not have even been mentioned. I also read about the festival the the Lacedaemonians celebrated. It was called Hyacinthia. If I were in the Athenians position I would be livid. They took forever to respond. Maybe it’s because I have very little patience, but I feel like because they held out on their word they should have done everything they could to make things right. Your word is bond. The good thing was when they sent 5000 Spartites to go and help Athens. During my reading I also read about how Mardonius burned all of Athens down. I also read about the banquet. Something that stood out to me from this scene was when he spoke about how we can’t turn back things that come from God. There was a real reason this stood out to me. I remember in my past journals writing about how I started keeping a personal journal for myself because the reflection was very helpful. Well I was brought up in a religious home, and I had told my mom that I had been having a few questions about my faith and religion. My mom had pretty much told me the exact same thing. She had told me that you can’t fight what God gives you and that he does everything for a reason. When I read this it was like deja vu. I was kind of in awe. I was also kind of happy. It kind of felt like a sign. The last thing I read abotu was Masistius. I read about how Mardonius sent him to go fight, and how the Megarians called on Athens. On Saturday I honestly wasn’t going to read, but around midnight the fire alarm in QUAD started going off, so I was wide awake. I decided that I might as well take the time to read. I aso should state that my RA said we didn’t have to leave, and that the fire alarm went off for about two hours. I read from about 12:30 to 1:30 and then decided to stop and online shop. During this reading I read about how the Athenians hit Masistuis’ horse with an arrow. I read about how they hurt the poor horse and then killed Masistius. It was crazy how they had to kill him by striking him in the face. One thing I’ve noticed while reading Herodotus’ was these times were very violent. I’m kind of glad that I didn’t live during these times because I don’t think I’d be able to survive. I also read about Tissamenus and ow he practiced gymnastics after interpreting the oracle he received wrong. I also read about how the Lacedaemonians tried to bribe him into becoming their leader. I also read about how Hegesistratus cut his own foot off to escape from the Persians. I also read about some of the battle of Platea during my reading. I read about how Mardonius copied the Spartans in order to avoid the Persians. I also read about how Pausanias thought that they were going to run out of food so they retreated. I also read about how Mardonius is killed. On Sunday I read earlier in the day. I read in the hallway because there were people in my room and they were too loud. I decided to get some work done earlier in the day so I could relax for the rest of the day. I decided to read from 10:00 in the morning to 11:00. During this reading I honestly didn’t read much. I went over my notes mostly because I wanted to make sure I knew and remembered most of what I read. I tend to forget things ver easily. I spent majority of my time just going over my notes. I did the same thing on Monday from 12:00 to 1:00. On Tuesday we had class from 8:10 to 9:30. In the beginning if class we spoke about the Boston Marathon. I’ve come to realize that Professor Sandridge does everything for a reason. He’s very intentional with pretty much everything he says and does. After class on Tuesday I decided to enjoy the nice weather, but it started to get a little to warm for me. I decided to go get some ice cream and read in my room. I wanted to finish the book a little bit early so I wouldn’t stay up all night writing my blog. From 6:30 to about 8:00 I ate ice cream and finished Herodotus’ Histories. I read about how the Xerxes fell in love with Masistes’ wife. I read about how he had Darius and Masistes’ daughter married. He did this because he thought this would bring them closer. Xerxes ended up giving up on Masistes’ wife and fell in love with his daughter instead. The craziest part was that he had arranged for is son to marry her. The story about how all of this came out was so good. Especially cause I was eating ice cream while reading. This probably has to be my favorite part of the book. Amestris was brutal and savage. She had thad the breasts, lips, nose ,and ears of Masistes’ wife fed to the dogs. Then Xerxes goes and kills Masistes. When I read that I was in shock and lowkey had to take a break. It was a lot to process. One thing about Herodotus’ that has always bothered me was how easily they killed their own family. I never understood how they could do that with no hesitation or doubt. I also wondered how people could be so cruel. Xanthippius killed Artaÿctes’ sons right in front of them. I liked how the ending of the book went back to Cyrus. I also enjoyed how it ended with a phrase that the class had been talking about for a while now. “soft countries breed soft men” On Wednesday I spent my hour reading over my notes and going over my blog to make sure everything was okay. I have to say overall Herodotus’ Histories was a really good book. There were times where it could be really boring, but it touched on so many great topics. It helped to bring up so many discussions. It even made you question a lot of your beliefs. Herodotus’ made me think in ways any other class probably wouldn’t have let me. I really appreciate it.

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