The Throne of Otanes

In the reign of Cambyses, son of Cyrus the Great and Emperor of Persia, the judge Sisamnes was bribed, and gave an unjust verdict.  Cambyses had his throat slit and flayed off his skin.  The skin was cut into straps and stretched upon the chair on which Sisamnes had once proclaimed his judgements.  His son, Otanes, was then appointed to his father’s former position, and advised to remember the seat upon which he rendered justice.

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One thought on “The Throne of Otanes

  1. A powerful object lesson. When Cambyses told Otanes to remember the seat on which he rendered justice, he wanted to be sure that is was a true and just judgment, and not one which could be purchased.

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