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Response to Herodotus 1

Response to Herodotus 1 - Jessica Granger CLAS 320gm...

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Jessica Granger CLAS 320gm Section 19833 2/5/09 Response Paper Herodotus Herodotus spends much time throughout “The Histories” describing and comparing the Persian Empire to that of the Greeks. Interestingly enough, the story of the Persian Emperor Cyrus and his grandfather Astyages points specifically to the child- parent relationship in Persian society. However atypical this particular case may be, it is safe to say that Astyages treated his daughter Mandane in a strictly authoritarian manner following his premonition. Upon dreaming that a vine growing from his daughter’s genitals overshadowed the whole of Asia, Astyages went to the dream interpreters. He was then led to believe that the child his daughter was give birth to would rule in his place (Herodotus 49). Consequently, he had his daughter sent to Persia and took her baby boy, whom he intended to kill. This entirely insensitive father-daughter relationship is not only authoritarian, but seemingly loveless. Not until later, once Cyrus grows up and
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