Heraclitus's only criticism of Amasis
's self-defense, when he likened his alternation between seriousness and play to the two states of the bow, and argued that if he were always serious he would unawares go mad or suffer a stroke,(46) would be that he does not explain what would happen to the bow if it were never used or to himself if he were always idle.
An important kylix by the Amasis
painter shows a defecating dog under each handle and on one side of the cup, two prodigiously endowed satyrs pleasuring themselves.
Albert Rapp relates a story of Amasis
, fifth Pharaoh of the twenty-sixth Egyptian dynasty (about 570 to 526 B.C.).
(The French name for this period, la basse epoque, captures this feeling well.) But this is misleading, as becomes clear if we consider the case of Amasis
, the last great ruler of the twenty-sixth dynasty, whose reign lasted forty-four years, from 570 to 526 BC.
To illustrate his understanding of the husband's status in the household, Aristotle cites Amasis
' parable of the footpan (Politics 1259b8-10; cf.
(12.) Herodotus 3.15 reports that the young Egyptian King, Psammenitus (=Psamtik), the son of Amasis
, committed suicide by drinking bull's blood (he died immediately, apethane parachrema), after the failure of his revolt against the Persian King, Cambyses.
A general in the reign of Apries; sent by him to quell unrest in the troops ordered to conquer Cyrene (Shahhat) (570), the troops proclaimed Ahmose (Amasis
) king; defeated and captured Apries in a battle near Momemphis (570); defeated a revolt by Apries, who was killed in battle (568); repulsed an attack by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (567); allied with Samos and Lydia (east central Turkey), and pursued a policy of friendship and close contact with the Greek world, employing many Greek troops in his army; may have conquered Cyprus (c.
The rest of the book is a tourist's guide and history of Egypt from its beginnings to the coronation of Amasis
For a time he was allied with Amasis
, the king of Egypt, but Amasis
grew so uneasy at his success that (according to the legend) he superstitiously demanded that Polycrates deliberately throw away one of his most valued possessions.
The portrait of King Amasis
sculpted in the 6th century makes him look as though be is from the 18th Dynasty, some 1,000 years earlier.
Likewise, Donker Van Heel (Abnormal Hieratic and Early Demotic Texts Collected by the Theban Choachytes in the Region of Amasis
[Leiden, 1995]) has provided an extensive reevaluation of our understanding of Saite lease documents.