Herodotus, Volume 1

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W. Heinemann, 1920 - Greece
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Herodotus is one of my favorite authors. His combining of history, local stories, culture, and myths is fascinating. Maybe not always true, but a wonderful insight into the cultures of his time. Read full review

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Herodotus is one of my favorite authors. His combining of history, local stories, culture, and myths is fascinating. Maybe not always true, but a wonderful insight into the cultures of his time. Read full review

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Page 193 - Lacedaemonians, that he must harm no city on Greek territory ; else the Lacedaemonians would punish him. 153. When the herald had so spoken, Cyrus (it is said) asked the Greeks that were present who and how many in number were these Lacedaemonians who made him this declaration. When he was told, he said to the Spartan herald, " 1 never yet feared men who have a place set apart in the midst of their city where they perjure and deceive each other. These, if I keep my health, shall have their own mishaps...
Page 113 - No man is so foolish as to desire war more than peace : for in peace sons bury their fathers, but in war fathers bury their sons.
Page 315 - But concerning Egypt I will now speak at length, because nowhere are there so many marvellous things, nor in the whole world beside are there to flows first from W. to E. and then turns northward, so the Danube flows first from W.
Page 251 - Babylonian custom is that which compels every woman of the land once in her life to sit in the temple of love and have intercourse with some stranger . . . the men pass and make their choice.
Page 285 - ... to the wide sea; and for breadth, it is half a day's voyage at the widest. Every day the tide ebbs and flows therein.
Page 393 - Sesostris' army. I myself guessed it to be so, partly because they are dark-skinned and woolly-haired; though that indeed goes for nothing, seeing that other peoples, too, are such; but my better proof was that the Colchians and Egyptians and Ethiopians are the only nations that have from the first practised circumcision.
Page 369 - the practice of medicine is so divided among the Egyptians, that each physician is a healer of one disease and no more. All the country is full of physicians, some of the eye, some of the teeth, some of what pertains to the belly, and some of the hidden diseases.
Page 131 - ... situated within the innermost of them. The largest of these walls is about equal in circumference to the city of Athens ; the battlements of the first circle are white, of the second black, of the third purple, of the fourth blue, of the fifth bright red. Thus the battlements of all the circles are painted with different colours ; but the two last have their battlements plaited, the one with silver, the other with gold.
Page 267 - ... drug to master my son withal, by guile and not in fair fight. Now therefore take this word of good counsel from me : give me back my son and depart unpunished from this country ; it is enough that you have done despite to a third part of the host of the Massagetae. But if you will not do this, then I swear by the sun, the lord of the Massagetae, that for all you are so insatiate of blood, I will give you your fill thereof.
Page 449 - ... all the quivers and bowstrings of the enemy, and ate the thongs by which they managed their shields. Next morning they commenced their flight, and great multitudes fell, as they had no arms with which to defend themselves. There stands to this day in the temple of Vulcan, a stone statue of Sethos, with a mouse in his hand, and an inscription to this effect — "Look on me, and learn to reverence the gods.

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