Herodotus Volume 1

Herodotus Volume 1

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...the reliefs are wrought on the monuments of Egypt. The inscription on the breast, if any ever existed, has been effaced by the effect of time, which has left very little more than the mere outline of the figure remaining. The dimensions of this agree pretty well with the account of Herodotus, but there is considerable variation in the details. The head-dress is a high tiara (such as that which Herodotus mentions as having been worn by the Saca: Kvp$arta is o(b iictypiirn op(Wj, vii. 64), very different from the Egyptian pshent or the Phrygian bonnet. The shoes are turned np at the toes, and the clumsiness and rudeness in the proportions of the body and the whole execution do not agree with other well VOI-. I. known Egyptian monuments of the time of Sesostris, or with Egyptian art in general. The only circumstance favourable to the hypothesis of an Egyptian origin is a bird in a kind of ornamented frame before the face of the warrior, --a feature which has hitherto not been seen on any other than Egyptian monuments. On the other hand, the omission of the name of Sesostris is remarked by Lepsius himself (who is otherwise favourable to Herodotus's view) as being contrary to the Egyptian custom. The rock on which the figure is cut is represented as being near Nymphi (the ancient Nymphaum), close to which one of the great roads from Mysia to Lydia ran. Professor Welcker says that an attentive traveller cannot fail to perceive the monument. But its distance from the road is such that no details can have been discernible; and these it seems likely that Herodotus obtained at second-hand. (See notes 329 and 331 on i. 93.) The figure really has a lance in its left hand, and in its right the string of a bow which hangs over its back. The bird in the frame is..show more

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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236600495
  • 9781236600493