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The first reference to the legend occurs in the account of Egyptian religious
customs in the histories of Herodotus. This is what he says : Another sacred bird
is the phoenix; I have not seen a phoenix myself, except in paintings, for it is very
Herodotus is not our only source however. Herodotus died in 4 1 5 or 424 bc.
Pliny the Elder, who died on the slopes of Vesuvius in 79 ad during an eruption of
the volcano, also added to the legend. Like Herodotus, Pliny had doubts about
This legend was first recorded by the Greek historian Herodotus, who died in 415
, or perhaps 424. Herodotus reports that the Indians annually paid 36o talents of
gold-dust in tribute to the Persians. The Indians obtained this vast amount of ...
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I like a bestiary, and this is a nice one. It covers the more familiar mythical beasts, such as the unicorn, manticore, basilisk and co., but also the somewhat less well known, such as the barometz ... Read full review