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Although he could have said more about the reliability and methods of Photius and the other transmitters of the fragments, he rightly draws attention to the predilection of all of these for marvels and their obvious disregard for the mundane. Something, too, could well have been said about the extent of Persian contact with the area described by Ctesias.

When we turn from the introduction to the translation of the remains of both the Indika and the other works, the first question that needs to be [End Page ] raised is that of the edition employed.

Ctesias: On India by Andrew Nichols

Yet he does not indicate which passages employ Jacoby, nor, when he is clearly using this edition, does he necessarily reproduce everything that appears there see below on F Indeed, he does not always provide everything that appears in both Lenfant and Jacoby see F 55 and elsewhere. As for the translation itself, although it reads well, it is a surprisingly free rendering of the fragments.

In particular, Nichols seems to regard much of the original wording as superfluous. In addition, there are, alas, a number of mistranslations of which I give a couple of illustrations. Elsewhere, in F 66 Strabo Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

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