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For the real significance of Atossa's counsel cf. App. XII. 3. For war policy to keep subjects ἄσχολοι cf. Arist. Pol. v. 10.10, 1313b.
ἐπὶ τὴν Ἑλλάδα. Were disproof of the story needed, this supposed intention of attacking Greece before Scythia would alone be sufficient. The knowledge shown of Greece is inconsistent with other passages, e. g. v. 105 (as to Athens); the historian in such narratives as these aims at dramatic propriety and not at historic accuracy. Cf. Mure, iv. 408 seq., for an exaggerated discussion of H.'s inconsistencies.
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