Monthly Archives: August 2012

Thus ends Tales From Herodotus

The previous post marked the last of the stories from Farnell & Goff’s heavily abridged Tales From Herodotus. Although it is quite short, I’m nevertheless pleased that I got all the way through it. And the timing is good—classes start … Continue reading

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Tales From Herodotus XX. The Power of Custom

Translated from Tales From Herodotus. Every single person believes that their customs are by far the most noble. And it is possible to surmise this by many other proofs, but particularly by the following. Darius, when he was king, called … Continue reading

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Tales From Herodotus XIX. Scythian Prophets

Translated from Tales From Herodotus. (a) How they attribute any illness of the king to the perjury of one of his subjects, who is accordingly beheaded. The prophets of the Scythians are many, who prophesy with many willow sticks as … Continue reading

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Tales From Herodotus XVIII. Curiosities of Arabia

Translated from Tales From Herodotus. (a) The spices of Arabia and the methods by which they are gathered. In Arabia alone of all lands, there grows frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon, and ladanum. The Arabians procure all these things with difficulty, except … Continue reading

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Tales From Herodotus XVII. How Gold is Procured in India from Ant-hills

Translated from Tales From Herodotus. In the land of the Indians there is a wasteland on account of the sand. And in this wasted and sandy region there are giant ants that are smaller than dogs but larger than foxes. … Continue reading

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Tales From Herodotus XVI. The Battle of Salamis, 480 B.C.

Translated from Tales From Herodotus. Farnell and Goff provide a synopsis of the events to this point: [Ten years after the defeat of the Persians at Marathon in 490 B.C. Xerxes, who came to the throne in 485, executed another … Continue reading

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Tales From Herodotus XV. Exploration of Africa

Translated from Tales From Herodotus. B. The Ethiopians §1. Cambyses, king of Persia, sends men to spy on the Ethiopians, in preparation for an expedition against them; description of the so-called ‘table of the sun.’ Cambyses once planned an expedition … Continue reading

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