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Hardcover The Most Precious Possession; The Ring of Polycrates in Ancient Religious Narratives Book

ISBN: 1433126141

ISBN13: 9781433126147

The Most Precious Possession; The Ring of Polycrates in Ancient Religious Narratives

Finding a precious object - a gem, a ring or a coin - inside the belly of a fish is a favorite motif in western literatures that can be traced back to the Greek historian Herodotus. In Herodotus' account of the rise and fall of the tyrant Polycrates of Samos, the hero cast his beloved ring, his ?most precious possession?, into the sea in order to appease or fend off the gods' envy of his unstoppable successes, but was ultimately disappointed to discover...

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