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Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)

Charles Morris

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. . .From Athens he set sail for Egypt, and in that ancient realm talked long with two learned priests[Pg 74] about the old history of the land. Among the stories they told him was a curious one about a great island named Atlantis, far in the western ocean, against which Athens had waged war nine thousand years before, and which had afterwards sunk under the Atlantic's waves. It was one of those fanciful legends of which the past had so great a store.

From Egypt he went to Cyprus, where he dwelt long and made useful changes. He is also said to have visited, at Sardis, Crœsus, the king of Lydia, a monarch famous for his wealth and good fortune. About this visit a pretty moral story is told. It is probably not true, being a fiction of the ancient story-tellers, but, fiction or not, it is well worth the telling.

Crœsus had been so fortunate in war that he had made his kingdom great and prosperous, while he was esteemed the richest monarch of his times. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Myth and truth intertwine as the Gods interact with human characters in these tales. Zeus, Athena, Archimedes, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, the Olympic games, the Oracle at Delphi, and more.