By Archibald Henry Sayce (editor)
Archibald Henry Sayce (1845-1933) was once an influential orientalist and philologist. He was once a pioneering Assyriologist and released commonly at the historical past, 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 variation, 'with Notes, Introductions and Appendices', of the 1st 3 books of The Histories via the fifth-century Greek historian Herodotus, which specialise in Egypt and Persia. In his preface Sayce states that because the box of oriental experiences is 'growing day-to-day' it's the objective of his variation to 'take inventory of our current wisdom' and 'see precisely what's the element to which our researches have introduced us'. even supposing his translation of Herodotus was once criticised on ebook because of inaccuracies, Sayce's acceptance as a very good populariser of oriental philology, background and tradition remained intact.
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TOVTOV TOV %povov irpoel^e aircuri T&V iv TT} VVV KaXeofievrj %(opr] • airiKOfievov? Be TOV? Qolvuca? e? j TO theological and philosophic development of the country. The style of the earliest Greek writers is as oriental as their matter. The short sentences, either devoid of conjunctions or connected by the simple "and," are Semitic, not Greek, in character. So, too, are the obscure and oracular utterances of a Herakleitos. 2 The " Bed Sea " of Herodotos is the Indian Ocean, including the Persian Gulf.
Of Herodotos, since yafiopoi for the Ionic yqfiopoi is not only used by iEskhylos (Suppl. 613), but is merely quoted by Herodotos from the Doric dialect of Sicily (vii. 155); while aviwvrai for avdvrai (ii. 3 1 Vol. i. pp. -lix. See also Struve, Qucestiones de dial. Herodoti, Works, ii. pp. 323 sq. : Dindorf, preface to edition of Herodotos (Paris, Didot, 1844) : Lhardy, Quoestionum, de dial. Herodoti (Berlin, 1844-6) : Bredow, Qucestionum Criticarum de dialecto Herod. , Specimen I. (Gottingen, 1859) ; Stein, Preface to edit, of Herodotos, vol.
3, note 9. ii. 29. In ii. 3 I have bracketed the words is 9)f/3as re KO\, which I believe to have been inserted by a copyist. Helio2 polis alone, and not Thebes, was near enough to Memphis for Herodotos to " t u r n into" in order to test what was told him at Memphis. His reason for INTRODUCTION. xxvii in so many words, but he does his best to convey the impression, and in one place (ii. 142-143) resorts to a kind of verbal legerdemain in order to effect his object. 1 There is clear evidence that Herodotos never ascended the Nile higher than the Fayum.