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Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2003 15:24:23 -0500
From: James Jordan 
Subject: Re: (urth) Immortals and Archaic Rome

>Crush recants:
>Hmmm. Herodotus 7:83 says that the Immortals were "all Persians". So either
>Latro was not an Immortal, or Wolfe is engaging in literary license in
>presuming that Latro somehow gained a special honor. There *were* 10,000 of
>them so I guess it is not inconceivable that a Latin slipped in.

         Or maybe that "Persian" does not refer to race per se, but to 
those considered part of Persia, which was pretty multifarious racially. 
Latro could have been an adopted "Persian," since adoption of various kinds 
was quite common in the ancient world.



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