Thoughts on Ancient Historians

Thoughts on Ancient Historians with memes by Haley Richardson . . .

Haley and I are studying the writers of histories this week on our journey thorough Invitation to the Classics. We’ve been reading about the ancient historians, including Herodotus, whose travels and narratives of cultures in the ancient lands of the Mediterranian and Middle East provide a window into the unchanging nature of the human heart. There truly is nothing new under the sun, as Ecclesiasties states.

What was new in Herodotus’ time, though, was his conclusion of the worth of all humans–a thought that would begin to cultivate the soil in Western Europe to one day, hundreds of years later, be fertile enough to receive the seed of the Gospel.

All history is His Story.

For more inspiration on ancient historian, Herodotus, and his conclusions about the worth of all people, see Haley’s essay on the topic HERE.

Essayist Charles Sullivan writes, Historians today are turning from “structures” to “narratives,” from the total history of universal civilization to “wonder” and “pure curiosity about the specific,” and from the idea of inevitable progress to the unintended consequences of human action. 

History is more than just a series of dates and names and events. The true historian recognizes the powerful effect of details and the consequences of choice that turn events like the reins of a horse direct its path of travel. Think on these things in relation to your own personal history. Wonder with curiosity about the specifics in your heart that moved you to make choices and walk out a narrative of consequences due to yours, or another’s, human action. Write the narrative history of one of these events from this perspective with specifics.

Even in ancient times, historian observers noted this universal truth about civilization and societies of mankind. Money and power are vile corrupting influences as they are absolute necessities in the affairs of men. There is nothing new under the sun. How many proverbs, biblical principles, and illustrative narratives can you find in the Bible to support this conclusion?

The Founders of our nation understood this truth only too well, lately having broken from a tyrant king and gained independence. Starting a new nation from scratch allowed for them to craft a government with safeguards built in to protect the people from the effects of corrupt rulers hungry for money and power.

Review the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and list some of those safeguards. Learning from history, our Founder’s hoped to avert their descendents from making the same mistakes of the past that doomed former civilizations and societies. Consider how in just 240 years–and especially in the last 100 years–our nation has struggled to hold onto the virtuous efforts of our Founders.

Describe the “consequences of human action” that has brought us to where we are in current events today, by the hands of those seeking to supplant our nobler American virtures for money and power in an attempt to destroy the wisdom of history built into our foundations as a nation. 

NOTE: This year I’m mentoring a young high school student through her language arts studies. Haley Richardson is a champion Irish musician winning national and international acclaim since she was six year old. Her performance schedule keeps her traveling much of the time, so she has been homeschooled her whole life. I’ve had the delight to be part of her teaching and learning experience. We’re into her sophomore year of literature and taking an overview of the literary heritage that has been the foundation for Western civilization and thought. Using Invitation to the Classics, a compliation of essays by notable authors, we survey the timeline of language and letters. Haley produces weekly essays (often guest posting at the Family Literacy Lifestyles Blog), and creates inspirational memes drawing from favorite quotes she comes across in our weekly lessons. The Writer’s Reverie shares her handiwork here, providing additional devotional thoughts and journal prompts for your own ruminations. Enjoy!

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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. Kathy, I so appreciate your blog! It is a breath of fresh air in a world so in need of beauty!

    Thanks, love, and blessings!

    MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA
    Author & Writing Coach

    “Heart-Mending Stories for the Young,
    and the Young-at-Heart

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