The Madness of Cambyses

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by Herodotus

‘Do you see your son, standing over there, in the antechamber? Well, I am going to shoot him.’

The story of the great and mad Cambyses, King of Persia, told by part-historian, part-mythmaker Herodotus of Halicarnassus.

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