Reading Guide for Holberg and Herodotus
1) How do both Herodotus and Niels Klim try to find rational
explanations for things?
2) Explain four differences between the ancient cultures that Herodotus
observes and the subterranean peoples Niels Klim encounters in his
travels beneath the earth.
3) Herodotus does not necessarily think that verifiable facts are
superior to fiction as a means for seeking and relating the truth about
human life and Holberg writes a satire in which he tells you that
learned people should believe in the wonderful, or fantastic elements
in his story. What do you think that the authors are trying to
tell you about human nature in their stories which contain fantastic
4) How do both authors demonstrate that human prosperity never remains
in the same place?