The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Historical Lecturers and Essays by Charles Kingsley:|
proved by them to be utterly mythical, incredible, monstrous--and
that all the more, the more the actual facts remain to puzzle their
unimaginative brains. What will they make two thousand years hence,
of the landing at Boulogne with the tame eagle? Will not that, and
stranger facts still, but just as true, be relegated to the region
of myth, with the dream of Astyages, and the young and princely
herdsman playing at king over his fellow-slaves?
But enough of this. To me these bits of romance often seem the
truest, as well as the most important portions of history.
When old Herodotus tells me how, King Astyages having guarded the
frontier, Harpagus sent a hunter to young Cyrus with a fresh-killed