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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kmt_sesh wrote:
Leena wrote:

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I think Herodotus interviewed many people - and probably those people did not have all the information themselves either. They really might have "pulled his leg" on purpose too. (Flying snakes killed by ibises in the Eastern desert as an example).

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That's a very good point, too. Many people are under the very mistaken impression that Egyptians in Herodotus' time (around 450 BCE) possessed a working knowledge of their own ancient history. His account of the pyramids is a good example. It's considerably unrealistic to expect that the Egyptians Herodotus interviewed at Giza truly understood these towering monuments that were erected over 2,000 years before their own time. Most of the Egyptians with whom he spoke, probably including many of the priests, would not have been literate to the most extent--and so we get amusing episodes such as the pyramid temples recording the numbers of onions with which the builders were paid. Laughing


If you have more like those, the two of you should band together and write a book, Laughing

@Hathorhotep, was that Nephele by any chance?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes! Very Happy You red Bibliotheke?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yes! Very Happy You red Bibliotheke?


No, but in my younger years I was very much interested in Greek Mythology, and - like now - I read a lot, but not the Library (or Bibliotheca) by Apollodorus

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Well, this is only source when is said that Helen went to Troy. I think it was Hermes who take her there because her father Zeus wanted to prptect her from war between Greece and Troy.
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Hathorhotep wrote:
Well, this is only source when is said that Helen went to Troy. I think it was Hermes who take her there because her father Zeus wanted to prptect her from war between Greece and Troy.


You know and understand that it is mythology we're talking about here, right?

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Yes, I understand, Toth. Smile
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