I just got finished with Herodotus' "History". As it became 'due' in my reading routine, I dreaded it; but WOW, very nice perspective and well told. If anyone enjoys reading well-told 'stories of yore' I'd wholeheartedly recommend it.
(far better than Thucydides' History... in which the reader feels like a ping-pong ball in a clothes dryer... ugh).
And there's a mess of insightful quotes sprinkled throughout his writings. For those who enjoyed "300", in this you'll find insights far beyond what the movie represented.