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Herodotus and Rhampsinitus and the Thief BY Layla Brown Herodotus the first Greek historian has been called by some the father of history and by others the father of lies Born in 485 BC to a wealthy family at Halicarnassus in Asia Minor he was exiled to Samos soon after his birth because of his familys opposition to the Persian domination of Ionia During his youth he traveled widely studying the manners customs and religions of the people he encountered His histories are made up of tales told to him by people from Egypt Syria Babylon Colchis Paeonian and Macedonia He was criticized by several ancient writers for creating stories and passing them off as the truth Herodotus is most famous for the nine books he wrote on the rise of the Persian Empire the Persian invasion of Greece in 490 BC and 480 BC and the final Greek victory Although it received quite a lot of praise and is still considered a masterpiece its trustworthiness has been questioned both in ancient and modern times The story that Im covering is of Rhampsinitus and the Thief pg 277 This is a tale that Herodotus learned in Egypt and many believe that this anecdote was told to him by Egyptian priests claiming it a true story Herodotus himself didnt actually believe this particular story but he felt it was his duty to report what he was told Now for those of you who didnt read it Ill quickly give a brief synopsis of the story A dying father tells his two sons how to break into the kings vault which he himself built The father then dies leaving the family with no way to support themselves So the two sons begin their thieving They manage to escape with the treasure three times before the king sets up a trap in which
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