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Literature Humanities

“It follows, Croesus, that human life is entirely a matter of chance. Now, I can see that you are extremely rich and that you rule over large numbers of people, see, someone with vast wealth is no better off than someone who lives from day to day, unless good fortune attends him and see to it that, when he dies, he dies well and with all his advantages intact. After all, plenty of extremely wealthy people are unfortunate, while plenty of people with moderate means are lucky” (Herodotus, The Histories, I.32).