Monday, September 6, 2021

The empire on which the sun never sets

In his Histories, Herodotus says that before invading Greece in 480 BC, Persian Emperor Xerxes made a speech in which he said, “We shall extend the Persian territory as far as God's heaven reaches. The sun will then shine on no land beyond our borders.” During the Age of Imperialism, these words spoken by Xerxes became an inspiration for the Spanish and the British—they started bragging that they were an empire on which the sun never sets.

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