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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...a memorial of himself. The cables for the bridge and the commissariat. 220.--While he is getting these things done thus, at the same time also he ordered ropes to be prepared for joining the bridges across the Hellespont, partly of papyrus, partly of flax; and he entrusted the care of this to the Phoenicians and Egyptians. Next, that neither the army, nor the beasts of burden which had to be led into Greece, might perish with hunger, he ordered supplies to be brought together; and having ascertained the best places, wherever he found a very suitable spot he ordered them to be unshipped there, having given orders that (men) should bring them from all parts of Asia, some in one place, others in another. The bridges destroyed by a storm. 221. Meanwhile those to whom the business had been given of crossing (lit. that they should join) the Hellespont, with a bridge reaching from Asia to Europe, had finished their work. Now they built two bridges; the Phoenicians one of cables made of flax, the Egyptians the other of papyrus. Now there (is a distance of) seven stades between Abydos and the opposite shore. But when the bridges were thrown across (lit. joined) a great storm arose, which broke up and destroyed everything. The scourging of the waves. 222. On ascertaining this fact, Xerxes, being much annoyed, ordered three hundred blows to be inflicted on the Hellespont, and fetters to be thrown into the sea. They also relate that besides (doing) this he sent men to brand (lit. to burn in brandings into) the Hellespont. He certainly gave orders that while flogging it they should utter these barbarous and insane words: '0 bitter water, our lord inflicts this punishment on thee because thou hast injured (lit. affected with injury) him, although thou hast...
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