An Account Of Egypt By Herodotus














































 -  Then as she was doing that
which was enjoined by her father, the thief, hearing for what purpose
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Then As She Was Doing That Which Was Enjoined By Her Father, The Thief, Hearing For What Purpose This Was Done And Having A Desire To Get The Better Of The King In Resource, Did Thus:

- From the body of one lately dead he cut off the arm at the shoulder and went with it under his mantle:

And having gone in to the daughter of the king, and being asked that which the others also were asked, he related that he had done the most unholy deed when he cut off the head of his brother, who had been caught in a trap in the king's treasure-chamber, and the most cunning deed in that he made drunk the guards and took down the dead body of his brother hanging up; and she when she heard it tried to take hold of him, but the thief held out to her in the darkness the arm of the corpse, which she grasped and held, thinking that she was holding the arm of the man himself; but the thief left it in her hands and departed, escaping through the door. Now when this also was reported to the king, he was at first amazed at the ready invention and daring of the fellow, and then afterwards he sent round to all the cities and made proclamation granting a free pardon to the thief, and also promising a great reward if he would come into his presence. The thief accordingly trusting to the proclamation came to the king, and Rhampsinitos greatly marvelled at him, and gave him this daughter of his to wife, counting him to be the most knowing of all men; for as the Egyptians were distinguished from all other men, so was he from the other Egyptians.

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