Herodotus, the “Father of History,” is one of the most used ancient sources- for better or worse. His Histories, written in the 5th century BCE, seem to have answers for everything. Here are a few guides for those new to Herodotus:
Taking Herodotus Personally
P. A. Cartledge
The Classical World
Vol. 102, No. 4 (SUMMER 2009), pp. 371-382
The Historical Method of Herodotus
It’s racing month here at EHC, so we’re kicking off our first #SourceSaturday with the General Stud Book, originally (and still) produced by the Weatherbys. First published in 1791, it is still the registry for British Thoroughbreds. As Margaret Derry points out, the pedigrees listed in the first General Stud Book were not detailed or usable by modern standards; the book was initially more concerned with proving identity, in order to confirm age and performance records, so that horses were entered in the correct races. While the initial pedigrees may not be detailed (and an error here or there has been discovered in later ones), it is still a spectacular source for early racing history, full of anecdotes, breeding choices being made, race records, and descriptions.
Digitized copies of some volumes are available on GoogleBooks and Archive.org
Original bound stud books available at the National Sporting Library, the Huntington, and other institutions.