Sunday, August 09, 2020


Like a Fly Over a Dunghill

Tom Holland, Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West (2005; rpt. New York: Anchor Books, 2007), p. xxiii:
Readers should certainly be warned that many of the details out of which this book's narrative has been constructed are ambiguous and ferociously disputed—and that the sudden appearance of a number in the text, hovering like a fly over a dunghill, generally indicates that qualification is being offered in an endnote.

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