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Weaving factual account with colourful myth, the 'father of history' tells of the psychotic Persian king - and his fateful death.

'Do you see your son, standing over there, in the antechamber? Well, I am going to shoot him.'
The story of the great and mad Cambyses, King of Persia, told by part-historian, part-mythmaker Herodotus of Halicarnassus.

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    9780141398778

    February 25, 2015

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    64 pages

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  • The Madness Of Cambyses
    Herodotus

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    9780141398785

    February 26, 2015

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