Thursday, March 19, 2009

Decisions, decisions

Herotodus (c. 484 BC–c. 425 BC), on how the Persians reached decisions:

As regards their deliberations, all important decisions are first discussed when they are drunk. On the next day, the master of the house where they have assembled submits the decisions for reconsideration when they are sober. If it is approved, it is ratified; if not, it is abandoned. Conversely, any decision they have reached when they are sober is reconsidered when they are drunk.

Herodotus, On the War for Greek Freedom: Selections from the Histories, Book I.133, Samuel Shirley trans., Hackett Publishing, 2003, p. 39.