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Herodotus and the cannibals

  • E. M. Murphy (a1) and J. P. Mallory (a1)
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Herodotus' 5th-century BC Histories provide us with one of the earliest written accounts for the practice of cannibalism. This paper examines the references concerning cannibalism contained in Herodotus, reviews the theories proposed to account for these references, and suggests a new explanation for this cultural motif.

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Antiquity
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