|Publication Date||June 27, 2012|
Long ago, in a little island called I thaca, on the west coast of Greece, there lived a king named Laertes. His kingdom was small and mountainous. People used to say that Ithaca lay like a shield upon the sea, which sounds as if it were a flat country. But in those times shields were very large, and rose at the middle into two peaks with a hollow between them, so that I thaca, seen far off in the sea, with her two chief mountain peaks, and a cloven valley between them, looked exactly hke a shield. The country was so rough that men kept no horses, for, at that time, people drove, standing up in little light chariots with two horses ;they never rode, and there was no cavalry in battle: men fought from chariots. When Ulysses, the son of Laertes, King of Ithaca grew up, he never fought from a chariot, for he had none, but always on foot. If there were no horses in I thaca, there was plenty of cattle.
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