By Karel Capek
The tales during this assortment take on nice occasions and figures of heritage, fable, and literature in unforeseen methods, wondering perspectives on such simple recommendations as justice, growth, knowledge, trust, and patriotism.
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It was Longus, that’s all there is to it. ” Strobus shouted. “That’s not how it was! It wasn’t raining at Alesia, it was hot, really hot. ” “It was mutton,” Bullio yelled, “and it was raining! ’ And he was right. We fought for twenty hours in the rain — ” “That’s not how it was,” said Macer. ” “You’ve got it all backwards,” Strobus declared. “That battle went on for three days, give or take a few breaks. But on the second day we lost — ” “That’s not true,” Hilla protested. ” 50 “Bunk,” said Bullio.
I’m not a prophet, Lucius, only a physicist. Force limits itself. ” “Listen, Archimedes, you can’t imagine the tremendous opportunities that working with us would open up for you in Rome. ” “You’ll have to forgive me, Lucius; I’m an old man, and I still have one or two ideas I’d like to work on. ” “Archimedes, aren’t you enticed by the idea of conquering the world with us and ruling it? ” “Sorry,” Archimedes muttered, bent over his tablet. ” “Hm, the world,” Archimedes said, engrossed in his drawing.
I thought that I was following in the footsteps of Achilles and would conquer a new Ilium for the glory of the Greeks; in reality, as I see it today, it was of utmost necessity to drive the Persians from the Aegean Sea, and I drove them back so efficiently, my dear teacher, that I seized all of Bithinia, Phrygia, and Cappadocia, plundered Cilicia, and did not stop until we reached Tarsus. Asia Minor was ours. Not only the ancient Aegean basin but the entire northern rim of the Mediterranean or, as we call it, the Egpytian Sea, was in our hands.
Apocryphal Tales: with a selection of fables and would-be tales by Karel Capek