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When first introduced to the reader, Cyrus is seen a warmongering, power-hungry ruler, mainly interested in the spoils of war. It is his greed and desire to conquer more land that gets Cyrus killed in Book I. Since Herodotus’ purpose for writing history is to inform others of the mistakes of those in the past, it is fitting that he reintroduces to the story a character like Cyrus who—having learned from his fateful errors—admonishes the Persians from trying to seek more territory and power. Noteworthy in Cyrus’ argument is the quotation Herodotus provides as closing point to the tale, “‘It is not the property of any one soil to produce fine fruits and good soldiers too’”
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Unformatted text preview: (Herodotus 603). By this, Cyrus brings to light the conflict between the east and west, pointing out that only in peacetime will “fine fruits”—symbolic elixirs of life—flourish; for the nations who make war, those who utilize their “good soldiers”, it is not possible to have such a quality of life. This stance, given on the final page of the text, consummates Herodotus’ most salient point as introduced on the first page: that it is his purpose in writing history to tell “why . . . two peoples fought with each other” (Herodotus 3). Works Cited Herodotus. The Histories . Trans. Aubrey de Sélincourt. New York: Penguin Books, 1954....
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