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

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