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Herodotus

Herodotus is the ancient writer and reporter called "The Father of History." He was among the first to approach the reporting of history in a logical and skeptical way; he tried to separate true even…

Brewer's: Herodotus of Old London

(The). John Stow, author of the Survey ofLondon (1525-1605). Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Heron-crestsHerod's Death A B C D E F G H I J K L M …

King Croesus

The last king of Lydia (c. 560-546 B.C.), Croesus was so famously rich that his name became a byword for wealth in the expression "rich as Croesus." He allied Lydia (in Asia Minor, now Turkey) with E…

Xerxes

Xerxes I ruled ancient Persia from 485-465 B.C., presiding over its decline from mighty power to fading empire. His father Darius was defeated by the Greeks at the battle of Marathon (490 B.C.), and …

The Devil's Dictionary: Alligator

by Ambrose Bierce ALLIANCEALONEALLIGATOR -n. The crocodile of America, superior in every detail to the crocodile of the effete monarchies of the Old World. Herodotus says the Indus is, with…

The Devil's Dictionary: Clio

by Ambrose Bierce CLERGYMANCLOCKCLIO -n. One of the nine Muses. Clio's function was to preside over history - which she did with great dignity, many of the prominent citizens of Athens occu…

Brewer's: Herod's Death

(Acts xii. 23). The following died of a similar disease [phthiriasis]: L. Sylla; Pherecydes the Syrian (the preceptor of Pythagoras); the Greek poet Alemæon, and Philip II. of Spain. P…

Brewer's: Heron-crests

The Uzbeg Tartars wear a plume of white heron feathers in their turbans. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894HerostratosHerodotus of Old London A B C D E F …

Post Office Motto

The Question: I roughly recall that the motto of the U.S. Postal Service is in part, "Neither snow nor rain nor dark of night . . ." How does the rest go? Who wrote it? And whe…

7 Wonders of the Ancient World Slideshow

by Dan Steckenberg The Seven Wonders of the Ancient world were first defined by the Greek historian Herodotus, and then transcribed, argued about, and edited over hundreds of y…