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The Glass Ceiling in Antiquity: Herodotus 1.93

“All of the daughters of the Lydians became prostitutes…”

Τοῦ γὰρ δὴ Λυδῶν δήμου αἱ θυγατέρες πορνεύονται πᾶσαι…


Pandora's stories: Egyptian customs

In The Histories, Herodotus also writes at length about Egypt and the Egyptians. Here are three short extracts:

Concerning Egypt itself I shall extend my remarks to a great length, because there is no country that possesses so many wonders, nor any that has such a number of works which defy description. 692 more words

Pandora's Stories

If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it. – Herodotus

Nothing Lasting

Every so often I feel a sense of weary purposelessness at the thought that nothing I create will last.  Even the greatest of creations will one day crumble and be forgotten, but at least they survive the generations, not only the physical realm but in the memories of man, but I feel that what I create is so minor and amateurish that none of it will survive my death.   522 more words


Thinking on Tyrants, Meanings, and Ancient Greek Culture

‘Tyrant’ is defined by modern dictionaries as both an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution and as a usurper of sovereignty. It is essential to the continuation of this paper that we assess the meaning of… 943 more words

Thinking Ancient Greek

10 Quotes on History

History never looks like history when you are living through it. ~John W. Gardner

Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all: the conscientious historian will correct these defects. 149 more words


Pandora's stories: Persian customs

As well as including travellers’ tales in his work, Herodotus tells us about the customs of other people. Here is some of what he says about the… 459 more words

Pandora's Stories