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Open Access Drive Towards Coherence In Two Herodotus-Studies

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Drive Towards Coherence In Two Herodotus-Studies

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One of the main themes of this chapter is questions of compatibility or incompatibility of Herodotean ideas about supernatural, divine or human causation, which all represent a truth and none of which ousts any other. Here, the author broaches two themes: the elusiveness of wisdom and the distortion of discourse, as illustrated in the passages under discussion and in the one on Croesus' advice to Cyrus concerning his campaign against the Massage. It is very doubtful whether &t;and turbulent in destroying them&t; may be so self-evidently connected with divine envy. This has helped to expose ad oculos how compulsively a major trend in current literary criticism tends to impose the drive for unity on an ancient text, without even considering the possibility that this might involve an infringement on the authors way of viewing the inscrutability and unaccountability of lifes vicissitudes.

Keywords: Croesus; Cyrus; distortion of discourse; divine envy; Herodotus; supernatural

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