Herodotus In Homer's Odyssey

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Herodotus is telling “history,” and it appears as though he at least attempts to be impartial with how he presents the information. In this section of reading, Herodotus’ moral seems to sandwich all of the anecdotes, starting with Proteus. Herodotus introduces Proteus as a reasonably fair king, writing that when Proteus found out that Paris had seduced Helen and then ran off with her and some of Menelaus’ valuables, he sent for Paris to be arrested and took possession of Helen and the other stolen items before forcing Paris to leave Egypt. Despite Helen being in Egypt awaiting her retrieval, the Greeks still destroyed Troy during their search for her. Herodotus states that “[the Trojan’s] utter destruction might plainly prove to mankind that great offenses meet with great punishments at the hands of God” (142).
After Proteus reigned Rhampsinitus, and, as Herodotus writes, “[u]p to the time of Rhampsinitus, Egypt was excellently governed and very
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Herodotus writes that Asychis, “wishing to go one better than his predecessors on the throne, built a pyramid of brick to commemorate his reign;” Herodotus then goes on to state that there are “no further achievements of this monarch to recount” (151). Herodotus also tells of Anysis, a blind man who abandoned Egypt when the country was invaded by the Ethiopians, and Sethos, who disregarded the warrior class and “treated them with contempt, as if he had been unlikely to need their services” (153). Herodotus writes that Sethos treated the warrior class so poorly that when the safety of Egypt was being threatened, they wouldn’t help him. So Sethos gathered a mix of shopkeepers, artisans, and market-people to march alongside him. Although not as severe as some previous rulers, these kings were somewhat unjust towards the Egyptians, acting only for themselves and not their country as a

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