January 26: In the Cradle of Civilization (Vol. 33, pp. 55-65)
The ancient Greek historian Herodotus, called "the father of all storytellers," tells a tale of palace intrigues in the Egypt of the Pharaohs. There are some bizarre stories in his "An Account of Egypt," but he at least makes the effort to separate which stories have some elements of truth and which are just tall tales. In this way, you could argue that he helped to set the parameters of historical writing.