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Thales of Miletos This tract of land was a sandy desert, when king Moeris conceived that vast project, (the most praise-worthy ever planned by the mind of man) and which he had the good fortune to complete. Many thousand men were employed (perhaps four thousand years ago) in removing the arid soil to form this artificial sea which communicates by means of a canal forty leagues in length and three hundred feet broad whith the Nile, for whose waters, when that river overflows its banks it is indented as a reservoir. During the six months when the Nile is low, the sluices of this lake, which is then thirty feet higher than the river, are occasionally opened, and thus at will, cause a second innundation, which may be regulated according to the circumstances.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia. Chapter 4.

'I will speak, continued Thales of Miletos (624-546 BCE), of the pyramids near Memphis. Of these I shall only describe the largest. The smallest of the stones of which it is composed are thirty feet long and are most elaborately worked, being covered with hieroglyphics. Each side is eighty hundred feet broad at the base and the same in height, and one hundred sixty feet below the foundation are several apartments which communicate with each other by subterraneous passages. The largest of these pyramids is situated under 29 50' of north latitude.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia. Chapter 34.


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'Oh Athenians, when I discharged my office with care and administered your finances with the fidelity and the vigilance of an honest man, I was reviled and treated as a knave but since I have abandoned them to these public swindlers, I am, it seems, an excellent treasurer and the best of citizens. I am more ashamed of the honour conferred on me this day than of the sentence passed on me last year. I perceive with indignation and concern that to obtain your goodwill I must endeavour to employ thieves and robbers. This great man, Aristides, related these incidents with so full of voice and so much animation that he almost seemed to be addressing the Athenians themselves and to be still in the vigor and prime of life.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia. Chapter 94.

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'The Sybarites are so immersed in luxury, pleasure and voluptuousness that they boast of having never seen the rising of the sun; and like the Sardians, have banished roosters and prohibited every event that will interrupt their slumbers. When they invite women to feasts and sacrifices, they give a year's notice, that they may have time to prepare their dress. The magistrates offer premiums to cooks for inventing the best dishes and when one of them has discovered a new one, it is prohibited to imitate it during a whole year so the inventor may have the opportunity to enrich himself by his ingenuity.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia. Chapter 92.

'Yes, added he, the Athenians are kind and compassionate. Not a single beggar is to be found disgracing the city by his misery; for in fact such objects are a reproach to the government and to all the inhabitants.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia. Chapter 92.

'It is true the Athenians are very vindictive and very ungrateful. They have banished Themistocles and caused Miltiades to die in prison, though that celebrated hero, after gaining the battle of Marathon, asked no other reward than a crown of laurel. What! and he did not receive it? cried I, No, replied our host, one Socchanes rose up in the assembly and said, When Miltiades conquers alone let him be honoured alone.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia.

'At length, starving amidst his riches and bewailing the rash and avaricious vow he had uttered, he implored the mercy of Dionysos and supplicated him to withdraw this destructive priviledge. The son of Semele took pitty of his misfortunes, pardoned his folly and ordered him to bathe in the river Pactolos, whose sands were turned to gold by his touch; and thus Midas disposed the fatal gift he had received.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia. Fables of Prometheus and Midas.

Я выложил немного- только самые "эпохальные" места- и то, по штуке-две, поскольку вряд ли я когда-нибудь ещё соберусь съездить, например, в Дельфы.


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