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Thunfischfang: bei den Eretriern und Naxiern oder auf? (Cl. Aeliani De nat. anim. XV, 5)

Hyperboreus. 2012. Vol. 18. No. 1. P. 148-151.

Aelian in the detailed description of ancient tuna fishing (De nat. anim. XV, 5) mentions that Naxians and Eretrians knew about it according to Herodotus and others. Commonly it is understood in literal sense: inhabitants of Naxos and Eretria use this way of fi shing, as Aelian alleges. But arguments, on which this interpretation is based, seem unreliable. More plausible is to see in Aelian’s account an obvious hint at Persian tactics of depopulation.