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History has shown that tyrants are always terrible in one form or another.

Take, for example, the Egyptian bastard Psammetichus who was pharaoh for 54 years starting in 664 BC. Psammetichus was what the Greeks called, how Herodotus called him, but he called himself Psamtik. Although he was a pharaoh, he was actually a client – a king of the powerful Assyrians who conquered Egypt seven years ago, but he still managed to fulfill his wildest whims. For example, Psammetichus once wanted to prove that the Egyptian language is the oldest language, and therefore Egypt is the oldest civilization.

Greg Hill is the former director of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Libraries. It can be accessed at

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