7. The Mares of Diomedes

They say of Diomedes' mares that they were man-eating. What a joke! This animal enjoys hay and barley rather than human flesh.

The truth of the matter is this. People in ancient times did their own work and acquired their sustenance and wealth by working the land themselves. One man, however, started to raise horses. He enjoyed horses right up to the point where he lost his possessions. He sold it all and spent the money to feed his horses, so his friends used to refer to the horses as "man-eating." This happened and the myth was produced from it.


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