(urth) An Herodotus account possibly confirmed

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Thu Nov 12 13:12:35 PST 2009

What, again?


> http://news.discovery.com/archaeology/cambyses-army-remains-sahara.html
> "Bones, jewelry and weapons found in Egyptian desert may be the
> remains of Cambyses' army that vanished 2,500 years ago."
> "According to Herodotus (484-425 B.C.), Cambyses, the son of Cyrus the
> Great, sent 50,000 soldiers from Thebes to attack the Oasis of Siwa
> and destroy the oracle at the Temple of Amun after the priests there
> refused to legitimize his claim to Egypt. After walking for seven days
> in the desert, the army got to an "oasis," which historians believe
> was El-Kharga. After they left, they were never seen again.
> "A wind arose from the south, strong and deadly, bringing with it vast
> columns of whirling sand, which entirely covered up the troops and
> caused them wholly to disappear," wrote Herodotus."
> The tale of Cambyses' lost army, however, faded into antiquity. As no
> trace of the hapless warriors was ever found, scholars began to
> dismiss the story as a fanciful tale."
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