CAMBYSES ACCORDING TO HERODOTUS (25/03/22 18:19:20)
"Cambyses, too, wanted to endlessly expand his empire on sea and on land and conquer the country facing Europe"
"The army was worn down by the length of the journey and by hunger and exhaustion (cf. the lack of provisions and the starvation suffered by Xerxes’ army, 8.115). The slow and gradual decline led through raging starvation, the slaughtering of draft animals, the eating of roots and herbs, and down to cannibalism. Every tenth soldier was picked by drawing lots and devoured by his comrades. Only then did Cambyses give up his plans and end the campaign (3.25). "
"The Ethiopian campaign can therefore count as a decisive turning-point in Herodotus’s description of Cambyses. Added to it was a further element which may be considered as characteristic for Herodotus’s description: an arrogant attitude was preceded by urgent warnings, which were just as consistently ignored."
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