Adventures In The Spice Trade

The process of collecting cinnamon is still more remarkable. Where it comes from and what country produces it, they do not know; the best some of them can do is to make a fair guess that it grows somewhere in the region where Dionysus was brought up. What they say is that the dry sticks, which we have learnt from the Phoenicians to call cinnamon, are brought by large birds, which carry them to their nests, made of mud, on mountain precipices, which no man can climb, and that the method the Arabians have invented for getting hold of them is to cut up the bodies of dead oxen, or donkeys, or other animals into very large joints, which they carry to the spot in question and leave on the ground near the nests. They then retire to a safe distance and the birds fly down and carry off the joints of meat to their nests, which, not being strong enough to bear the weight, break and fall to the ground. Then the men come along and pick up the cinnamon, which is subsequently exported to other countries.

—Herodotus, The Histories

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3 Responses to “Adventures In The Spice Trade”


  1. 1 Alicia September 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    what kind of bird is that????

  2. 2 casio g-shock Ana Digi watch January 4, 2014 at 9:51 am

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    the style of a G-Shock or possibly a Casio Baby-G watch gives that impression strongly. It shows world period in 29 time zones and 30 cities. As parents, we would like the best for our kids, and this includes timepieces they wear.

    • 3 bluenred January 4, 2014 at 10:03 am

      You are a loonbin. Children do not need a “Casio Baby-G watch” that “shows world period in 29 time zones and 30 cities.” They need to transcend time zones, cities, and the world, period.


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