August 24th, 2013

rant, milk_cheese

Blaming the victim

I recently picked up Herodotus' History (of the Persian wars) to read, figuring someone with a degree in history probably should at some point read something that covers the battle of the 300 at Thermopylae, the battle of Marathon, the battle of Salamis, etc. in what amounts to a single narrative.

And right off the bat, on the first two pages, I'm struck by a particularly egregious example of "it's the victim's own fault" tripe.

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Herodotus wrote that more than 2,400 years ago--circa 450-445 B.C. "The more things change, the more they stay the same", indeed. Sheesh.

(After that, it has so far settled down into a much more standard, mundane rendition of an ancient history: Lots of men showing off, getting greedy, saving face, and otherwise generally making life miserable for everyone around them, and either getting killed for it or dying of old age. Rinse, lather, repeat. But, unlike Thucydides, so far Herodotus is managing to hold my interest.)

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