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Herodotean Question

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  • sbudin@camden.rutgers.edu
    Greetings, All! In Book 3.150, Herodotos claims that when the Babylonians were planning their revolt from Darius, one of their preparations was to kill all of
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      Greetings, All!

      In Book 3.150, Herodotos claims that when the Babylonians were
      planning their revolt from Darius, one of their preparations was to
      "kill all of the women, each man sparing only his own mother and one
      woman from his household to bake his bread." This way there would
      supposedly be more food to go around.
      Is there any Babylonian reference to such an act? Either during
      the Persian take-over, or more generally in the pages of Mesopotamian
      military history (pre-400 BCE, of course)?

      Many thanks in advance!
      Stephanie Budin
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