A History of Greece, Volume 05 of 12, originally published by George Grote

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A ship-canal through the isthmus of Mount Athos. For the first of the two there had indeed been a precedent, since Darius about thirty-five years before had caused a bridge to be thrown over the Thracian Bosphorus, and crossed it in his march to Scythia ; but this bridge, though constructed by the Ionians and by a Samian Greek, having had reference only to distant regions, seems to have been little known or little thought of among the Greeks generally, as we may infer from the fact that the poet iEschylus 1 speaks as if he had never heard of it, while the bridge of Xerxes was ever remembered both by Persians and by Greeks as a most imposing display of Asiatic omnipotence.

Km drj KOV iv rfj VVKTI el&e o\jnv roirjvbe, as Xt- ( n ' Herodotus seems to use ovecpov in the neuter gender, not oveipos in the masculine : for the alteration of Bahr (ad vii. 16) of iavra in place of emvros, is not at all called for. The masculine gender Sveipos is commonly used in Homer; but there are cases of the neuter Sveipov. Respecting the influence of dreams in determining the enterprises of the early Turkish sultans, see Von Hammer, Geschichte des Osmanischen Reichs, book ii. vol. i.

Vii* 56 : Bep^rjs 8e, intl re 5te/3^ e? :—compare vii. 103, and Xenophon, Anabasis, iii. 4-25. The essential necessity, and plentiful use, of the whip, towards subject-tributaries, as conceived by the ancient Persians, finds its parallel in the modern Turks. See the Memoires du Baron de Tott, vol. i. p. , and his dialogue on this subject with his Turkish conductor AliAga. 32 HISTORY OF GREECE. [PART II. C. C. While wintering at Sardis, the Persian monarch despatched heralds to all the cities of Greece, except Sparta and Athens, to demand the received tokens of submission, earth and water: for the news of his prodigious armament was well calculated to spread terror even among the most resolute of them.

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