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Archibald Henry Sayce (1845-1933) was once an influential orientalist and philologist. He was once a pioneering Assyriologist and released generally at the heritage, faith, and literature of the Babylonian and Assyrian peoples. In 1891 he grew to become Professor of Assyriology at Oxford college. the traditional Empires of the East (1883) is Sayce's version, 'with Notes, Introductions and Appendices', of the 1st 3 books of The Histories by way of the fifth-century Greek historian Herodotus, which specialize in Egypt and Persia. In his preface Sayce states that because the box of oriental reviews is 'growing daily' it's the goal of his variation to 'take inventory of our present wisdom' and 'see precisely what's the aspect to which our researches have introduced us'. even if his translation of Herodotus used to be criticised on booklet because of inaccuracies, Sayce's popularity as a good populariser of oriental philology, background and tradition remained intact.

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In a large proportion of instances it is more reasonable to suppose it due to the mistakes of copyists, or the zeal of grammarians, than to the author himself. The inscriptions, then, must be allowed to amend the text in either one of two cases. , all examples to the contrary must be excised from the pages of Herodotos. Thus the contraction of atet into aet, of iepos into ipos, of yeas into yijs, of eo into ev, and of tw into

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2 But Hekataeos had visited Thebes, and if he were to be supplanted it was needful that Herodotos too should have been at least equally far. This is the only excuse for the deliberate falsehood in ii. " In calling Elephantine1 a city, however, instead of an island, he betrays the real facts of the case, and it may be hoped that the Angelican MS. (pima manu) [B], which omits the clause, represents the original text of Herodotos (see ii. 29, note 7). So flagrant an example of dishonesty excites our distrust of the extended travels to which Herodotos implicitly lays claim.

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