Herodotus and de Selincourt

Here is a collection of quotes from my edition of Herodotus' Histories with explanatory footnotes provided by translator Aubrey de Selincourt. I originally compiled the quotes as an email to Lucas, to share the wonderful dialogue between the frequently ridiculous Greek man-about-town and his extremely literal-minded British editor.


For example,
H: He was caught trying to raise a revolt amongst the Egyptians, and as soon as his guilt was known by Cambyses, he drank bull’s blood and died on the spot.
A: Suicide by drinking bull’s blood is common enough in ancient literature, the more surprising in that the drink is not fatal, as could easily have been demonstrated (one assumes).

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