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Title: How significant is it that Croesus is not Greek, in Herodotus' Histories?

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Subject: History
Author: Arlene W
Date: December 26, 2013
Level: University
Grade: B
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For example, the story of him and Solon, which is almost certainly untrue when we see Croesus ignoring a wise person's thoughts and advice. As his Histories were written for a Greek audience, it wouldn't have been wise to show a Greek to be so foolish and a barbarian like Croesus would have been a good person to choose...

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For entertainment's sake, Croesus being a foreigner would have been very important, as his life would be a new and untold story that his audience wouldn't have heard before, whereas had he been a Greek, people knowing about him would have been highly likely. Croesus, we see, while being extremely generous towards the Delphic Oracle, questions and tests it and later makes mistakes in interpreting the prophecies...

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