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History of East and West · Sep 19, 02:41 AM by Ad van den Ende


Ἡροδότου Ἁλικαρνησσέος
Of Herodotus of Halicarnassos
ἱστορίης ἀπόδεξις ἥδε,
this is the Showing forth of an Inquiry ,
ὡς μήτε τὰ γενόμενα ἐξ ἀνθρώπων
to the end that neither the deeds of men
τῷ χρόνῳ ἐξίτηλα γένηται,
by lapse of time may be forgotten,
μήτε ἔργα μεγάλα τε καὶ θωμαστά,
nor the works, great and marvellous,
τὰ μὲν Ἕλλησι
which, some by Hellenes
τὰ δὲ βαρβάροισι ἀποδεχθέντα,
and some by Barbarians have been produced,
ἀκλεᾶ γένηται, τά τε ἄλλα
shall be forgotten, and especially
καὶ δι᾽ ἣν αἰτίην
arising from what cause
ἐπολέμησαν ἀλλήλοισι.
they waged war with one another.

I. [1] Περσέων μέν νυν οἱ λόγιοι
Of Persians then the learned (men)
Φοίνικας αἰτίους φασί γενέσθαι τῆς διαφορῆς.
say that Phenicians were guilty of the quarrel.
τούτους γὰρ ἀπό τῆς Ἐρυθρῆς καλεομένης θαλάσσης
For these, from that which is called the Erythraian Sea
ἀπικομένους ἐπὶ τήνδε τὴν θάλασσαν,
having come to this our sea,
καὶ οἰκήσαντας τοῦτον τὸν χῶρον
and having settled in that land
τὸν καὶ νῦν οἰκέουσι,
which they inhabit also now,

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