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Herodotus, Histories 4.36.1

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Herodotus is a little sceptical about a story concerning a shaman-like Hyperborean.

τὸν γὰρ περὶ Ἀβάριος λόγον τοῦ λεγομένου εἶναι Ὑπερβορέου οὐ λέγω, ὡς τὸν ὀιστὸν περιέφερε κατὰ πᾶσαν γῆν οὐδὲν σιτεόμενος.

As for the story about Abaris, who is said to have been a Hyperborean – how he carried the arrow around the entire world without eating anything – I say nothing. 

Written by aleatorclassicus

August 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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