Loved this sense of ichthyo-abundance in seas now widely depleted of fish stocks. And the idea of a gift for a goddess after you have bridged the Bosphorus.
May the coming decades see our seas newly shoal-packed and species-dense. I am trying to eat less fish and only MSC certified in the meantime.
Goddess, accept this gift from Mandrocles
Who bridged the Bosphorus’ fish-haunted seas.
Source: Herodotus, Book IV, quoted in Justin Marozzi, The Man Who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus (London: John Murray, 2009), p. 311