The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonian, Medes and Persians, Macedonians and Grecians Volume 2

The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonian, Medes and Persians, Macedonians and Grecians Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1774 edition. Excerpt: ...could draw the bow, which Cambyfes's ambafladors brought him from the king of Ethiopia, Cambyfes from hence conceived fuch a jealoufy againfthim, that he could bear him no longer in the army, but fent him back into 1'crfia. And not long after dreaming, that fomebody told him that Smerdis fat on the throne, he conceived a fufpicion that his brother afpired to the throne, and fent after him into Perfia Peraxfpes, one of his chief confidents, with orders to put him to death, which he accordingly executed. (-) This murder was the caufe of another ftill more criminal. Cambyfes had with him in the camp his youngeft fifter, whole name was Meroe. Herodotus acquaints us after what a ftrange manner his fifter became his wife. As the princefs was exceeding beautiful, Cambyfes abfolutely refolved to marry her. To that end he called together all the judges of the 1'crfia a nation, to whom belonged the interpretation of their laws, to know of them, whether there was any law, that would allow a brother to marry a fifter. The judges, being unwilling on one hand directly to authorize fuch an inceftuous marriage, and on the other, fearing the king's violent temper, fliould they contradict him, endeavoured to find out a falvo, and gave him, this crafty anfwer, That they had no law indeed which permitted a brother to marry his fifter, but they had a law which allowed the. king of Perfia to do what he plea fed. Which ferving his purpofe as well as a direft approbation, he folemnly married her, and hereby gave the firft example of that inceft, which was afterwards praftifed by moft of his fucceffors, and by fome of them carried fo far as to marry their own daughters, how repugnant foever it be to modefty and good order. This lady he carried with him in all his...show more

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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236637429
  • 9781236637420