A Fair Exchange

lionofchaeronea:

Anthologia
Palatina
9.160
(author and date unknown)

Note: Herodotus’

Histories

are in nine books.

Herodotus played host to the Muses;
And for his hospitality,
Each Muse gave to him one book.

Ἡρόδοτος Μούσας ὑπεδέξατο: τῷ δ᾽ ἄρ᾽ ἑκάστη

     ἀντὶ φιλοξενίης βίβλον ἔδωκε μίαν.

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Head of Herodotus.  Roman copy (2nd cent. CE) after a Greek bronze original of the first half of the 4th cent. BCE.  Found at Benha (ancient Athribis) in Lower Egypt; now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Photo credit: Dorieo/Wikimedia Commons.